When I was like 12, I had a major bipolar episode and my parents called the police because they were informed that’s what they should do in the situation and that police would get me to the hospital if need be. Two scary cops showed up and I’m autism spectrum as well so I completely shut down. I didn’t answer their questions and I just sat and stared at the wall. This was making one of the cops really mad and he started yelling and telling me I was acting like a baby and just saying really hurtful things. My parents made them leave at this point and they couldn’t take me into custody because I was a minor and they had no reason to say I was a threat to myself or others. My parents were able to calm me down fine when they left.
Long story short, the cops made it worse and literally had no idea how to speak to someone with mental illness. That’s horrifying considering how many mentally ill are on the streets and arrested on a daily basis.