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Special Needs Arrest Raises Questions

Newschannel 6 is working to get answers for the mother of a mentally disabled Texoma man that was arrested. Quaid Clark, 22, was arrested and has been charged with Stalking. The mother of a 13 year old girl says Clark left harassing messages on her phone.

Luann Mahan says when Officers came to serve the arrest warrant, they may not have been aware of his special needs. Quaid suffers from Autism, Asperger's and Tourette's. She says he was terrified. "One of the officers, both of the officers grabbed him and proceeded to throw him to the floor and cuff his hands behind him and it frightened him and he began to flail just a little bit," she said. Luann said the ordeal was her worst nightmare. "He had no idea why he was being arrested," she said.

Luann feels like Officers were not sensitive enough to his special needs."They may or may not have understood what Autism meant, because as they got him to the floor I told them that he was Autistic and that didn't seem to make a whole lot of difference to them because I had already said that two times," she explained.

Once in jail, Luann says she had a tough time getting Quaid his medicine. She says she spoke to the nurse at the jail who told her that the jail would take care of his medicines. Luann says a dose was missed. "He had an 8 o'clock that he was supposed to of had that was completely skipped and if you know anything about someone with a mental illness, Autism, they have to have their medicine on time," she said. 

Luann is worried about what might of happened had Quaid not gotten his meds. She says she has never missed a dose with him at home. "In the Autism spectrum or Asperger's spectrum where he falls, anything could have happened - he could have gone off, he could have hurt himself. There are any number of things that he could have done and thank God he didn't do any of those things," she said. 

Luann wanted to know what training and procedures are in-place for Officers and Jailers. Newschannel 6 took her concerns to local officials and ask tough questions.

Wichita Falls Police Officer Harold McClure says special needs training is a part of every Police Academy. "In order to advance to their intermediate certificate level they have to go thru crisis intervention training and basically what that training is to educate the officer as to how to recognize someone suffering from mental illness," he said. 

Once in the Wichita County Jail, Sheriff David Duke says an inmate's medical care is overseen by a team of specialists. "Those people are treated by a doctor that is supplied by our contract with Correctional Healthcare Management, we do have a doctor that comes in the jail. They evaluate those people and watch them on a daily basis by the nursing staff. All that comes into play with what exactly they can do with them and whether the jail takes them or not or whether they continue to get their meds or not," said Duke. 

Duke says the Wichita County Jail also has policies in place to isolate inmates with special medical needs. Quaid Clark is being held in an isolated cell for his protection. His bond is set at $250,000. His family says they have hired an attorney to fight the 3rd degree Felony charge against him. They feel the allegations against him are false. 

Luann says her friends, family and Church community are coming together to support her through the ordeal. She says she needs the most right now, is prayer. 

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Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

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