This police chief’s reforms could be a model for other communities

But do we need another database of disabled people? CNN: “Police encounters with people dealing with mental health issues can go very wrong, very quickly. Often, the presence of a law enforcement officer can escalate the situation. “A lot of people with special needs may not react very well to a police in uniform, but they […]

Indiana county could be getting its own mental health crisis response unit

Indiana Reporter Times: Tasha Coppinger, organizing director with the bipartisan nonprofit Hoosier Action, says, “If someone is in a crisis and they feel like they’re about to get in trouble, get thrown in jail, or have an altercation or something, it’s not going to help the situation. I think police are often not trained for it. […]

A Kansas deputy tased a 12-year-old autistic boy who was handcuffed, shackled and hogtied

Topeka Capital Journal: “A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy used his Taser on a 12-year-old autistic boy without warning as the youth sat handcuffed, shackled and hogtied in the deputy’s vehicle. The state’s law enforcement oversight body says Matthew Honas on Feb. 23 used excessive force multiple times on the boy, including tying him up in a manner that threatened “his ability to breathe properly.” The Kansas […]

States Push for Innovative Ways to Improve Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals

From JD Supra: “There is growing momentum among states to develop innovative models to help people involved with the justice system (i.e., justice-involved individuals) receive health care services covered by Medicaid while they are incarcerated. By providing services before people are released, including care management to plan for reentry, states are hoping they can improve health outcomes […]

Minneapolis’ mental health responders provide alternative to police

Full text from Axios: Unarmed mental health professionals responded to more than 3,300 911 calls in Minneapolis over the first six months of a pilot program meant to reduce the need for police or ambulances for people experiencing mental health crises. Why it matters: Advocates for the program, which launched in December, say mental health professionals […]

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Coroner finds fatal police shooting of man with schizophrenia experiencing psychosis was preventable.

Lack of Misconduct Investigations Against Police Officers with Misconduct Allegations

San Jose Police

The annual Independent Police Auditor (IPA) report shows that 333 public conduct complaints were filed against San Jose police officers in 2021, containing 1,000 misconduct allegations; a complaint can include multiple allegations: The complaint total represented a 24% increase from 2020. Throughout the report, Nurre, San Jose’s independent police auditor, and her staff repeatedly found while […]