Orange County officials are looking for better ways to address mental health crises. Some of the goals Orange County is looking for is a softer approach from police officers in addition to behavioral-health services being deployed for every mental health emergency call. Orange County has been under pressure after a recent shooting of Jeffrey Ely who was suffering a mental health crisis. Mental health experts criticized the police for using “excessive” force. More of this story here.
Bennie Edwards was a 60-year old homeless man with Bipolar and Schizophrenia. A store manager called the police on Edwards for causing a disturbance. When…