Police officer fatally shooting disabled man after being told to leave

Patrick Lynn Warren Senor was experiencing a mental health crisis so his family called 911. The Warren family requested a mental health professional, however, a police officer arrived instead. When the officer, Reynaldo Contreras, arrived, the family told Contreras to leave after he exhibited a hostile demeanor. Contreras returned and Warren Sr. answered the door, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police Targeting and Killing Minority Groups in Israel

Iyad Hallaq Mural Painting

Iyad al-Hallaq was a 31-year-old Palestinian with autism when he was fatally shot by Israel police. Hallaq was unarmed and his peers called him harmless. The shooting was so disturbing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a tragedy and Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued an apology. Despite this, no charges has been set against the […]

Caretakers Torturing and Killing Disabled Man

Frederick Johnson was 44 years old living in Chicago. Johnson was diagnosed with Bipolar and Schizophrenia . As a result, Johnson had two caretakers. His caretakers were collecting the disability checks as payment. Johnson passed away on June 25th. According to eye witnesses, Johnson was being tortured by his caretakers prior to his death. “She saw […]

Police officers throwing disabled man out of his wheelchair

Cape Town police officer throwing man in wheelchair onto the ground

There was protest outside the Cape Town police station. During the protest, Cape Town metro police were caught on video tossing a disabled man out of his wheelchair after a verbal altercation with him. An officer proceeded to kick the disabled man while he was on the ground. Afterwards the officers destroyed the wheelchair. No […]

Police Officer Mistreating people with disabilities

Jesse Hewitt Threatening Civilian with Taser

Jesse Hewitt is an Ottawa police officer who faces 10 disciplinary charges. Hewitt is charged with recording six women and photographing one man “for unauthorized purposes,” several of whom were in police custody for mental health. In addition, Hewitt distributed photographs and video recordings of people in custody with other members of the Ottawa Police […]

Crip Justice appearing at Virtual Abilities Expo this weekend

Abilities Virtual Experience, Nov 20-22, 24 hours a day starting Friday at 9pm. Exhibits and workshops 9-5pm pt

Crip Justice has a booth at the Virtual Abilities Expo this weekend. We will also be doing a demo at 1pm pt on Sunday on how to protect yourself and loved ones from police violence during a mental health crisis. Registration for the expo is free and here.