Forcing treatment isn’t the answer to psychiatric disabilities

“A system that relies on the legal authority to compel people to go to a psychiatric facility and be held against their will is complicit in the perpetration of violence against marginalized people. When the players in a system perceive someone as “dangerous” based on bias that reflects systemic racism, classism and ableism, the most […]

Nicolas Chavez

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(Houston) Nicolas Chavez was a 27-year-old man with psychiatric disabilities. On April 21, 2020, the police were called when he was seen running through traffic appearing to be suicidal. The police allege that Chavez approach the officers with a bar and so they fired at him with a taser. They allege that he then tried […]

Linden Cameron

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(Salt Lake City, Utah) Linden Cameron is a 13-year-old boy with autism. On Friday, September 4, 2020, a Salt Lake City police officer shot a 13-year-old autistic child several times on Friday after his mother called 911 to ask for a crisis intervention team. Linden is currently hospitalized with injuries to his shoulder, ankles, intestines, […]

Salt Lake City Police Shot a 13-Year-Old With Autism. Now They Refuse to Explain Why

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(Salt Lake City, Utah) “On Friday, a Salt Lake City police officer shot a 13-year-old autistic child several times on Friday after his mother called 911 to ask for a crisis intervention team to take him to the hospital during a mental health episode. Linden Cameron…is currently hospitalized with injuries to his shoulder, ankles, intestines, […]

Nathaniel Julies

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Nathaniel Julies (Eldorado Park, South Africa) was a 16 year-old with Down Syndrome. On August 26, 2020, he went out to get biscuits. He started running toward a police van when he got excited seeing sirens. When he did not understand police orders, he was shot and killed by the police. Two police officers have […]

Daniel Prude

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Daniel Prude (Rochester, New York) was a man with psychiatric disabilities. On March 23, 2020, he ran out of the home without almost no clothing. His brother called 911 for assistance. The police arrived and restrained him, when Daniel went into cardiac arrest. The police first claimed his death was from a drug overdose. However, […]

Rubin Solis

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Ruben Solis (Waxahachie, Texas) is a 69-year-old man with Huntington’s Disease. In March 2018, he was approached by the police. Because he could not comply with police orders because of his disabilities, he was beaten until he ended up in a pool of blood. He settled a lawsuit against the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department requiring […]

Danny Buckley

Danny Buckley was a 60-year old man with mobility issues. On August 22, 2020 he was gunned down by Jace Boyd at Trader Joe’s on Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The police released Jace Boyd after questioning him. It was only after the family harassed the department that the police issued a warrant for Boyd and arrested […]