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Melissa Perez
Melissa Perez

On June 23rd, police were sent out Ms. Perez, who had schizophrenia, place of residence. According to an affidavit, the men found a woman trying to cut the wires on fire alarms because she believed the FBI was listening to her through them. When the police tried to get her to come with them, she fled to her apartment. There is body camera footage that shows an officer pursuit to try to enter her locked apartment through a window. Then Perez throws and hits an officer with a glass candlestick.

It was at this point that Police Chief William McManus says the team should have backed off and called for mental health support. But he says the mental health unit made up of 16 officers who deal specifically with mental health calls was not requested. And, he says, the officers on the scene never deescalated.

Instead, within a few minutes, the interaction escalated further and officers shot Perez.

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