Justice For Jason Adult Autism Legal Defense
Organized by: Renee Judkins
OFFICIAL COMPLAINT AGAINST MILWAUKEE COUNTY JAIL AND THE OAK CREEK, WI. POLICE DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF WILLIAM JASON THOMAS CHILTON
written by Renee Judkins, mother of Wm. Jason Chilton, September 27, 2015
My adult AUTISTIC son, William Jason Thomas Chilton, (Jason), was awakened in his bed at 7:00 a.m. on July 17, 2015, by police officers with assault rifles, after only having returned home from work a couple hours earlier. (The official police report written by Detective Ann Golombowski, of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Police Department, fails to mention this traumatic assault on my autistic son!). Detective Golombowski and Detective Andre Antreassin took my son to the police department for questioning. Jason told the detectives he has AUTISM, and asked them if they would bring him back home afterward. Detective ‘Andre’ told Jason that if he signed something called “a plea deal” they would drive him back home after they were done asking him questions. This “plea deal” turned out to be a coerced confession. The written confession was prepared completely by Detective Golombowski, except a paragraph written in Jason’s handwriting, BUT NOT IN JASON’S WORDS, NOT IN HIS PHRASING, NOT IN ANY WAY CONSISTANT WITH, OR CHARACTERISTIC OF, JASON’S WAY OF COMMUNICATING!
Detective Golombowski told me on the phone that both she and Detective Antreassin, a.k.a. Detective ‘Andre’, had extensive training in AUTISM and dealing with AUTISTIC INDIVIDUALS. However, my son was NOT PROVIDED WITH AN AUTISM ADVOCATE, SOCIAL WORKER, or LEGAL REPRESENTATION before or during the reading of his rights or his questioning. Jason DID NOT UNDERSTAND that he did not have to talk to the detectives. HE TRUSTED THEM, just the way he was raised…to trust that the police are good guys who will help him!!! My son’s disabilities rights and civil rights were completely violated as an individual living with AUTISM. Detective Golombowski told me on the phone that my son “looks normal” and “talks normal”, so SHE was sure Jason understood his rights as they were read to him! HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND HIS RIGHTS! Jason still, to this very day, does not understand why any of this happened to him, and is EXTREMELY traumatized by it all!
In an 80 page police report on the incident, Detective Golombowski describes in great detail her training in computer crimes, sex crimes, crimes against children, etc., (none of which my son is guilty of, by the way!), BUT IN 80 PAGES, THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE WORD DETAILING HER EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE WITH AUTISM AND AUTISTIC PEOPLE!!! In fact, Detective ‘Andre’ used my son’s AUTISM to confuse him, abuse, and outright TERRORIZE him in an attempt to get him to confessing to much more horrific crimes than the one he had already tricked Jason into confessing to, by telling him he would give him a ride back home!
But instead of taking my son back home, they locked him up in the Milwaukee County jail, in the mental health unit, WITHOUT CHARGING HIM WITH ANY CRIME, and held him there for 6 days WITH NO AUTISM OR PSYCHIATRIC CARE, SOCIAL WORK, OR MEDICATIONS! It was 48 HOURS BEFORE HE WAS EVEN ALLOWED A 3O SECOND PHONE CALL HOME. When he was finally able to call home, he spent the entire 30 seconds crying, hyperventilating, and saying, “This is a bad place!” over and over, until the phone went dead!
My AUTISTIC son spent 6 days locked up but not charged with a crime, CRYING, STIMMING, ROCKING, HYPERVENTILATING, NOT SLEEPING, COMPLETELY TERRORIZED AND TRAUMATIZED…AND GOT ABSOLUTELY NO MENTAL HEALTH CARE WHATSOEVER…FOR 6 FULL DAYS! Jason was locked up in the mental health unit of the jail, and I was told on the phone that he had access to talk to a social worker. Jason DID REPEATEDLY ASK FOR HELP AND TO TALK TO A SOCIAL WORKER, but WAS TOLD OVER AND OVER THEY WOULD NOT SEND ANYONE IN TO HELP HIM UNLESS IT WAS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY!!!
Jason was not charged with any crime until 2 weeks after his arrest because of the lack of any evidence of the crime they were seeking charges for on any of Jason’s personal electronics…except for one laptop computer that was given to him by his roommate for a rent payment, as he did not have the $400 he would normally pay Jason for rent. So Jason, being the good person and friend that he is, accepted this laptop computer as his friend’s rent payment. In Oak Creek Police Detective Ann Golombowski’s report she states in one area of the report that no one had access to that computer, which had supposedly been ‘wiped clean’, except Jason. In another area of her report, she states that several people were living in the apartment at the time of the incident and that any one of those people could have had access to that laptop computer at the time of the incident! Her report was full of contradictory statements such as this. I spoke with Detective Golombowski by phone on 8/3/15 to try to get my son’s drivers license returned to him. She told me she had mailed it to the temporary address of a friend that Jason had given, since he wasn’t able to return to his home. However, when Jason went to court on 8/10/15, the District Attorney told Jason they had his drivers license and would mail it to him.
There are examples of the mistreatment of inmates in mental health units of county jails across the country, including not getting the proper psychiatric care or medications. It seems to be a HUGE problem. There are 2 cases right here where I live in Michigan. One involves 5 mental health inmates suing Macomb County Michigan jail for mistreatment, for ten million dollars. The other involves the death of an inmate in the mental health unit of that same county jail, which was video taped over 17 days. This young man, who was my son’s age, and was jailed for 30 days for not being able to pay a traffic ticket, was not given his doctor prescribed medications, and a camera documented every minute of his agonizing 17 day death! I will attach links to this case. *
Jason still has an apartment in his name, but can’t live there. It’s too traumatic for him to even go back inside to get any of his belongings. He has very severe POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. His apartment management has deemed him “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” and won’t allow him to return to his apartment, nor will they take his name off the lease…so he is still responsible for that unit even though he can’t live there! Jason still could have his job, but his job requires his phone and internet access to be able to work. His phone has not been returned to him (along with the contact information of every single person he knows that could possibly be support for him), and he has been denied internet access by the court, even though there was no evidence found on his phone or other personal electronics! Everything he does, especially as an AUTISTIC individual, is done by internet. He is not even able to keep track of his bank account, his car payments, nothing….his whole life is online, just like ALL AUTISTIC PEOPLE!
90% of AUTISTIC adults NEVER find employment. Jason spent the last 14 years of his life developing his independence as an AUTISTIC adult. He not only moved away from home, but completely out of state where he could find work. He has worked at the same job for more than 5 years. He just established his credit so that for the first time in his life he was able to get this new apartment in his name, all on his own credit. He bought a 2013 Chrysler 200 because his job requires him to drive. He was so proud of his achievement of independence, and was planning to return to school and get his CDL to be a truck driver. As an AUTISTIC individual, driving is the perfect job for him as it allows him to be productive and earn an income, but not be overwhelmed by a lot of people and over-stimulation in a more typical work environment. Now, they have, in the instant blink of an eye, taken away from him EVERYTHING HE WORKED SO HARD FOR in the past 14 years! He is living with friends, who had to really convince their landlord to let Jason stay, and are now paying more rent to help Jason. He applied for food share benefits and qualified for $16 a month…or $4 a week to eat on. His independence is being seriously threatened, and he rapidly is regressing in some areas of his former progress. He has lost ALL of the self confidence and self esteem he developed over the past 14 years, too! And if these bogus charges stick, his life will be ruined forever! He will never be able to work or have anything of his own ever again!
When Jason was released from Milwaukee County jail, he came home to Michigan for a couple weeks before he had to go back to court on August 10, 2015. He was highly anxious and in a constant state of panic. It made him very nervous for me to leave the house. It was very difficult to find him even emergency mental health care because he lived out of state. He was diagnosed with severe POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. When he returned to Wisconsin, it was difficult for him to get mental health care, again, because his insurance company wouldn’t talk to me, his mother, and he was too traumatized and anxious to pick up the phone and call anyone himself. He is getting government provided mental health care through his county, instead of a private mental health care provider through his health insurance! It is extremely difficult for me to try to get emergency temporary guardianship of Jason, so I can get information and communicate with people on his behalf, because we live in different states.
This all has taken a devastating toll on my own health and my own Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, too! While I am dealing with all this to try to help my AUTISTIC son, I have been going through treatment for stage 3 endometrial cancer, trying to deal with the symptoms of my own PTSD, and raising my 15 year old AUTISTIC daughter as an ONLY PARENT!