Mohamed Bah

Mohamed Bah (New York, NY) was a Guinean immigrant in his twenties with a psychiatric disability.  He was a half-time college student and a half-time taxi driver in New York. Mohamed was very stressed about all his work and called his mother for support. His mother thought he sounded very depressed and was worried that […]

Peter Ballance

Peter Ballance (Greenacres, FL: 2005) has a number of neurological disabilities. Because of his disabilities, Ballance wears a badge indicating that he records conversations in order to help him remember things and so that he can work on his stuttering and social interaction problems. By recording his interactions with other people, Ballance is able to […]

Bill Berry

Bill Berry (Edmonton, Alberta: 2012) is a 54-year-old man lost his hearing and power of speech after a battle with cancer. He is unable to breathe without the tube that goes through his neck. He entered a court house to pay a traffic ticket when was approached by a police officer. Berry tried to communicate […]

Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland was a was a 28-year-old woman who suffered from depression when she was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. On July 10, 2015, she was arrested for a traffic stop when a police officer insisted that she put out her cigarette. When she asked why, the office escalated the […]

James Matthew Boyd

James Matthew Boyd was a 38-year old man with schizophrenia who lived in Albuquerque.  The police were called on him for illegal camping because he was homeless.  Instead of just telling James to leave, officer John McDaniel called 40 police officers as a backup when James resisted being patted down.  James tried to surrender to […]

Brian Claunch

Brian Claunch was a 45-year-old double amputee who used a wheelchair chair. Brian stayed at the Healing Hands, a facility for people with psychiatric disabilities, in Houston Texas. On an early morning Brian complained to a staff person that he wanted a pack of cigarettes and a soda. In response, the staff person called the […]

Richard Claybert

Richard Claybert (Alberta, ONT: 2007) is a hearing impaired man. He brought a camper to a neighborhood party where he intended to sleep for the night. The police were called because of complaints about the noise. The police told Claybert, who was intoxicated, to drive home. As Claybert began to leave, the police told him […]

Kevin Colindres

Kevin Colindres (Miami, FL: 2006) was an 18-year-old man who had autism. The police were called do his home after he began fighting with this family. Colindres calmed down until the police tried to take him to a crisis treatment center. When Colindres tried to go back to his house, the police hogtied Colindres, put […]

Kristiana Coignard

Kristiana Coignard was a 17-year-old girl with psychiatric disabilities. On January 22, 2015, she went to the lobby of the Longview Police Department in Texas and requested assistance. The police claim she had written “I have a gun” on her hand. They shot her five times and killed her. A grand jury did not indict […]

Michelle Cusseaux

Michelle Cusseaux was a 50-year old woman with psychiatric disabilities who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. In August 2014, police were sent to Michelle’s home on a court-ordered mental health pick up. When Michelle would not open the door, the police forced their way in. Police officer Percy Dupra shot her claiming he felt threatened by […]