FOR MORE INFORMATION
ANDRE’ LEE ELLIS (414) 779-2476
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015
Deontay Farr is a 13 year old Boy that lives with Autism. August 31st, 2015 he and his Mother were shopping at the Save-A-Lot store located in the Silver Mill Mall. After checking out and preparing to leave the store they were approached by security. Deontay was accused of shoplifting. It was very humiliating and after showing the security what was under his shirt was a medical bag and explaining that her son was autistic the security guard showed no remorse and never apologized. After trying to meet and talk with store owners Ms. Farr was met with opposition. She left very mad and posted on facebook her encounter. The community, ready to protest, began to respond and mobilize. Community activist Andre’ Lee Ellis contacted Ms. Farr and together, along with Deontay’s father, Mykel Farr, they began to pursue action. Save-A-Lot owner Dave Hoalth contacted the Farr’s and a meeting was held. The results of this meeting are exactly what we need to display in our community. To make a long story short this has turned into something really beautiful for our community.STEPPIN 4AUTISM
On Friday, October 23 2015 at 10:00 AM, Deontay and his parents, along with Mr. Ellis will present a community press conference to announce the results of the meeting and how this situation has changed the whole way Save-A-Lot and it’s employee’s will deal with people with special needs and the general public and issues of shoplifting and good customer service practices. Save-A-Lot will make a public donation to ”STEPPIN’ 4 AUTISM”, the non-profit organization the Farr’s operate in honor of their son.
We are asking all media sources to join us and help spread this message of hope. What could have been a very ugly and discouraging situation has turned into something very beautiful. What is even greater is that Deontay, who on the day of the accusation was very scared to even go back in any store for fear that security would attack him again. Upon leaving the meeting Deontay and the store owner hugged and shook hands and Deontay’s final words said it all. He said “I was very embarrassed by what your security guard did to me the other day, but I hope today we can move forward from this. “Powerful words from a kid with autism.”
Joining us at the Press conference will be State Senator Lena Taylor, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, County Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, representatives from Milwaukee’s autistic society and other citywide leaders and people from the community that care and want to show support. The greatest thing is that what could have been a very bad situation has turned into something beautiful. A family and a business got together with the community and worked things out. We are in a real critical place in our city with race relations and negative statics plaguing and crushing our hope. This proves we are greater together.