“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 marginalized people pay the price. We do not need to increase the ways in which people can be forced into treatment. We need to meet people where they are, and expand access to voluntary services and supports” More here in this op-ed by Kathleen M. Flaherty.
Eric Garner was a man who suffered from acute and chronic bronchial asthma and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was approached by the New York Police…