Israel Failing to Adopt Procedures Affecting People with Disabilities

Shirel Habura

On April 30, Shirel Habura was a mentally ill man carrying a knife in Israel. Habura’s mother called the police reporting that her son was potentially dangerous. When an officer approached Shirel, he charged towards the officer with a knife. After being stabbed in the leg, the officer fatally shot Shirel Habura. A case investigating […]

Christopher Gutierrez

Christopher Gutierrez

Five police officers response to a domestic disturbance call from Gutierrez sister. Christopher Gutierrez was armed with knife outside her bedroom door. Christopher was 44 diagnosed with schizophrenia. When police arrived Gutierrez came outside and charged an officer. The officers immediately shot and killed Christopher. There is currently a ongoing lawsuit which claims police used […]

George Nkencho

George Nkencho

(Ireland) George Nkencho was 27 years old and suffering from mental health. He was introverted and mainly stayed secluded at home. Nkencho was in a retail store and got into a confrontation with a staff member. Nkencho punched the staff person and fled the store. He walked to his house armed with a knife when […]

Police Reform Legislation Signed Into Law In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced that he had signed police reform legislation into law. The measure bans chokeholds, using tear gas on large demonstrations and most no-knock warrants where a child or person over age 65 is home. It also creates a civilian-led oversight board that will certify officers and can handle misconduct complaints. The […]

New St. Louis Program Redirects Mental Health Calls From 911

Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals in St. Louis. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many […]

New Program Expanding Detroit’s Crisis Intervention Responses

The city of Detroit announced a partnership with the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network in hopes of fixing a “broken system” by adding behavioral health support to police, 911 call takers and homeless outreach workers. DWIHN will offer Detroit police officers and 911 call takers crisis intervention team training. Detroit police and DWIHN will work in crisis intervention teams.  The […]

Bennie Edwards

Bennie Edwards

Bennie Edwards was a 60-year old homeless man with Bipolar and Schizophrenia. A store manager called the police on Edwards for causing a disturbance. When police arrived Bennie was armed with a knife. After Bennie refused to drop the knife, the officers used pepper-spray and a taser which both proved ineffective. Afterwards, Bennie attempted to […]

Minneapolis City Council attempting to create a mental health response team

A proposal regarding police reform is being circulated through the Minneapolis City Council. The proposal would create a 24/7 mental health mobile emergency response team. Currently Minneapolis police respond to all 911 calls, including non-violent calls and mental health crises. Mental health crisis calls are the third highest number of calls in Minneapolis. The response […]

Police Reform for Washington State

The Washington state Legislature is proposing a sweeping police reform package that would include a de-escalation process, an independent investigative body for use of deadly force and a ban on certain police tactics. Along with pandemic relief, police reform and racial justice are top priorities this session, Senate majority leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, said in […]