Cops Give Gift To Autistic Boy Insulted For Walk Outside

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash


This is the touching moment Spanish cops gift a new pair of sunglasses to an autistic boy after he was insulted during his authorised daily walk in the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

His mother Vivi Lopez-Castro had to make a poster explaining that her son Martin suffers from autism and so had been granted permission by the council to take a daily walk in the city of Oviedo in the northern Spanish region.

Spanish citizens are not allowed to leave their homes unless they are going to a supermarket, pharmacy, or bank for example. However, Martin is allowed to walk as he needs to keep a strict daily routine.

The mother said that she and her son had been insulted during their daily walks by other residents who thought they were breaking the rules.

The local police decided to pay tribute to Martin, sharing a touching video of them presenting him with a pair of sunglasses.

The officers can be seen talking to the youngster through his window before they hand him the gift, with a cop telling him “you are being very brave, this is for you to remember us”.

The sunglasses are blue as a campaign has been started on social media to identify the children who are allowed to leave their homes with a blue handkerchief.

The National Police asked for citizens to cooperate with those who have been given special permission to walk during the lockdown, urging them to avoid insults.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 153,222 cases of COVID-19, 15,447 deaths and 52,165 recovered.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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