India: Tele consultations to help mentally-ill inmates in jails

“A panel of eminent psychiatrists and psychologists available in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack can provide their service as consultants in an emergency situation in all jails. It will be tested on a pilot basis for at least six months and will have financial implication of Rs 1.5 lakh per month approximately,” a senior jail official said. The […]

Caretakers Torturing and Killing Disabled Man

Frederick Johnson was 44 years old living in Chicago. Johnson was diagnosed with Bipolar and Schizophrenia . As a result, Johnson had two caretakers. His caretakers were collecting the disability checks as payment. Johnson passed away on June 25th. According to eye witnesses, Johnson was being tortured by his caretakers prior to his death. “She saw […]

NYPD officer allowed to keep pension after murdering son

Michael Valva was apart of the NYPD before he resigned. Michael resigned 9 months after being charged with murder for his son Thomas (charges still pending). Thomas is eight years old and diagnosed with autism. “Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Hope Schwartz Zimmerman without due process or supporting evidence against Ms. Zubko-Valva, gave custody of […]

Police Reform Bill Signed into Law in California

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by police killings. Today Governor Newsom of California signed a bill into law “that requires the California Attorney General to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, removing the duty from local officials.” This will make police more accountable for their actions. While this is a step in the right […]

The Problem with Police involved with mental health

People with disabilities or mental illness are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. “Many police departments do not provide sufficient training on how to respectfully and safely interact with people in crisis”. Many crisis response units have been popping up as an alternative to policing. The Mental Health First Oakland was […]

Review of Policeman Killing Disabled Man Ends with No Charges

Jeremy McDole was physically impaired and required a wheelchair. After being confronted by four police officers, he was told to “put his hands up”. Within 2 seconds of this order, he was shot by a police officer using a shotgun. Police claimed that McDole shot first which was confirmed by a ballistics’ team. However, an […]

Incarceration & Disability Justice Webinar (9/21 at 6pm pt)+ Week of Action to Stop “Mental Health Jail” (9/21-9/25) in Orange County, CA.

Crip Justice is participating in a week of action to stop the $350 million expansion of what is literally described as the “Mental Health” jail in Orange County. The first event is a webinar on Incarceration and Disability Justice, featuring Abolition and Disability Justice Collective members, Elliott Fukui, founder of Mad Queer and Liat Ben-Moshe, […]