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Graham Police Use Stun Gun On Autistic Teen

Graham, NC – Two Graham police officers are under investigation after handcuffing and using a stun gun on a teenager with autism last week, according to a Facebook post by the Graham Police Department.

The 19-year-old’s mother — who said she watched body camera footage of the incident twice — says police have omitted some information about what happened.

The incident started when officers were dispatched to an alley in the 900 block of Texas regarding a man — identified as Michael Moore by family members — who was reportedly throwing rocks at a house on June 26. The caller described the man as “not all there,” but that information was not passed onto the responding officer and his ride-along passenger — an off-duty jailer with the county, police said.

When the officer began talking to Moore, he thought Moore might be under the influence and started a field sobriety test, police said.

Moore was sweating, breathing heavily, having difficulties focusing and acting paranoid, police said. His mom said it’s difficult for him to communicate or make eye contact. A second officer arrived during the field sobriety test. Moore wasn’t able to complete the test and because of his “erratic movements, behavior and statements,” one officer cuffed him.

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