A proposal regarding police reform is being circulated through the Minneapolis City Council. The proposal would create a 24/7 mental health mobile emergency response team. Currently Minneapolis police respond to all 911 calls, including non-violent calls and mental health crises. Mental health crisis calls are the third highest number of calls in Minneapolis. The response team would also seek to handle things like drug overdoses and incidents involving people who are homeless. According to 2015 data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 45% of the surveyed individuals who were homeless had some form of mental illness, and nearly 25% were noted to have a severe mental illness. By creating a response team, police would respond to more dangerous situations while mental health professions address non-violent situations. This will lower the number of disabled people killed by police. According to a Washington Post database, 181 people out of the 932 people — nearly 20% — shot and killed by police in 2020 had a mental illness, More of this story here.
(Orlando, Florida) It’s been over a year since the Community Response Team pilot launched in Orlando. Last year, the Orlando Police Department partnered with Aspire