A police officer in South Euclid is being praised for how he handled a child with autism, who had an episode at a Walmart store.
Officer Dustin Smoot spent about 20 minutes trying to calm the child, and never lost his cool even when the child scratched his arms and face and began screaming.
"Look, hold my hand, you're okay," Smoot told the child in video that was captured on his bodycam. "It's okay, alright. it's okay, you don't have to scratch me."
Officer Smoot credits the training he received from the South Euclid Police Department.
The child is okay.