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 misconduct was opened, but later closed with no crime founded against the officer. Additionally, another case similar to this happened a year earlier. Disability advocates are criticizing the police for failing to write new procedures on how to handle the mentally ill despite recommendations. More of this story here.
Benjamin Whiteshield (Clinton, OK: 2012) was a 34-year-old man (Cheyenne & Arapahoe) with a psychiatric disability. Whiteshield’s family took him to the police station to…