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Mental health courts (MHCs) are specialized programs designed to address the legal issues and treatment needs of individuals with mental health disabilities and substance use disorders. Their policies vary by state, but they frequently focus on handling individuals with “severe persistent mental illness” and/or “chronic homelessness.” In theory, these courts aim to divert individuals away […]

Second Killing of Civilian Struggling with Mental Health in Ohio Within a Year

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Officials released bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of a Maalik Roquemore. A CMHA officer responded to a loud music complaint. While in route, the officer was flagged down by Maalik. According to the officer, when he attempted to exit the vehicle, he was attacked by Roquemore. The officer attempted to tase […]

Montana: Mobile crisis response team helping Missoula students find help

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“Youth court, school district and Providence Montana partner to help students, better prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.” The mobile crisis response unit in Missoula’s public schools represents a significant step towards re-imagining justice and addressing the root causes of issues that often lead students into the juvenile justice system, a constellation of […]

Provincetown Police Department Implementing Body Cameras

The Provincetown Police Department will deploy body-worn cameras on all police officers starting Dec. 1, which the town said adds another layer of transparency to law enforcement and brings them in line with the 2020 Massachusetts police reform law. Officers will not face disciplinary actions for policy violations in the first 90 days to give law […]

Akron Police Department Reimplementing Dashboard Cameras

Dashboard cameras are back in Akron Police Department vehicles roughly five years after officials retired the devices. Calls for police reform, including the installation of dash cameras, came after the 2022 chase and fatal shooting of Jayland Walker. Officer-worn body cameras did not capture the full images of what happened outside the cruisers during the […]

Improper Facility Holding Lead to Death of Man with Disabilities

Jurors at a coroner’s inquest are hearing that a mentally ill man who died in an Ontario jail cell in 2016 should not have been held at that facility. Coroner’s counsel Prabhu Rajan delivered his opening statement this morning on the first day of the inquest into the death of Soleiman Faqiri. Rajan told jurors […]

Police Officer Ruled Justified for Handcuffing 12-year-old Autistic Student.

Orlando, Fl. The DeLand Police Department has reviewed the handcuffing of a 12-year-old autistic student, and ruled it within protocol, though the officer was punished for other actions. Last month, Danielle Torres’ son A.J. experienced a mental health crisis at DeLand Middle School. According to the police report, he was aggressive toward others and battered […]

Maryland Police Dragging Paralyzed Man from Car

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A Maryland local who was wheelchair bound was pulled out of his car on September 25 by an officer. The officer told the disabled man that he needed to get out of the car, and the disabled man informed him that he was paralyzed. Undeterred, the officer proceeded to pull the man out of the […]