SEATTLE — Much of Chris Christman’s career, what he has learned and taught, and what he has cared about, was a prelude to a symbolic journey.
This is the story of that journey.
Officer Christman has been a police officer for 27 years. Much of it was spent on the street. These days, part of his duties include teaching classes about how law enforcement should best recognize and handle people who are dealing with what we now call Autism Spectrum Disorder.
He teaches the classes all over the country, and at the beginning of each one, he shows a heartbreaking video. In it, a young man in Arizona named Connor Leibol is approached by a member of the Buckeye Police Department.