“Four Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at reducing violence against people with mental illnesses by supporting the creation of special units that would be dispatched instead of police to respond to mental health crises.” People with disabilities are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. In addition, people with disabilities are more likely to be arrested for minor offenses. This proposal would create a safer place for the disability community. More of this story here.
Diana Showman was a 19-year old woman in San Jose, California who had psychiatric disabilities. On August 14, 2014, she was walking towards a police…