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How a Black autistic man is serving 10 years in prison for a car crash

September 10, 2020 | 3:08 PM GMT
On January 4, 2019, Matthew Rushin, a 20-year-old Black autistic man from Virginia Beach, caused a car crash that severely injured two people. Today he is serving a 10-year prison sentence, while his family has petitioned Virginia’s governor for a pardon. This short documentary revisits the night of the crash and its aftermath, exploring how Rushin’s autism may have affected his behavior and influenced the course of events. Was Rushin a danger to society, as prosecutors would later argue? Or was he, as advocates would claim, the victim of system that never sought to understand him?