Police are feeling some heat today after an undercover drug bust at a high school is receiving way more attention than they ever imagined. They aren't under more scrutiny because their sting was so successful, but rather because it sounds like they made a critical error in judgment. Undercover officer Deputy Daniel Zipperstein befriended, goaded, and eventually arrested a 17-year-old autistic student. For this, the police are now on the receiving end of a massive lawsuit.
In a story that will twist your heart, the autistic boy had a hard time making friends at school. When his new "buddy" started begging him for access to his prescription medication or to buy him marijuana, he initially said no. Eventually, worried he'd lose his only friend, the kid relented, acquiring half a joint for the officer. Guilt stricken, he refused to do it more than twice, and as a result, the officer dropped the boy like a hot rock.