'Autistic Man Lives Here Cops No Excuses' painted on Las Vegas-area home

Mother aims to protect son
Posted at 6:55 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 15:34:07-04

LAS VEGAS - Numerous messages likely directed at police are being displayed at a Las Vegas-area home after a woman claims her autistic son was assaulted by officers.

At Judy McKim's home, a message painted on her Henderson home reads: "Autistic Man Lives Here Cops No Excuses."

There are dozens of other signs plastered across the house, and McKim said, "I wanted to make sure that they knew everything; that he is still in diapers, doesn't understand words, doesn't understand what a gun is."

McKim posted the signs after she said her severely autistic son, Zachary, was assaulted by police.

"He's autistic, he doesn't know what is happening. He doesn't know what police is," McKim said.

According to McKim, a friend called police after witnessing the 28-year-old Zachary in a "rage." When police arrived to the home, McKim said they tried to restrain him.

"He is in a diaper, along with the pacifier, and the cops are kneeling on my son and one of them reaches for his gun because Zach was fighting for his life," said McKim.

10News' sister station in Las Vegas, KTNV 13 Action News, reached out to Henderson police. According to a police report, officers never stated they touched Zachary.

Zachary was taken to the hospital and held for two days, but no charges were filed against him.

Since hearing about the KTNV story, Henderson police reached out to McKim to further investigate the incident.

She said she hopes her story will now help other autistic families.

"I don't like doing this. I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed that everyone knows, I'm embarrassed that I'm on TV. I'm embarrassed that you guys are seeing my life, but that's reality," McKim said.

McKim adopted Zachary when he was two days old. She has been his caretaker ever since and said she can't imagine losing her son.

"It scared me this bad," McKim said.