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Second Killing of Civilian Struggling with Mental Health in Ohio Within a Year

Maalik Roquemore Candelight Tribute

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Officials released bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of a Maalik Roquemore. A CMHA officer responded to a loud music complaint. While in route, the officer was flagged down by Maalik. According to the officer, when he attempted to exit the vehicle, he was attacked by Roquemore. The officer attempted to tase […]

Daniel McAlpin

Daniel McAlpin

Daniel McAlpin was a 41 year-old suffering from mental illness. He would have hallucinations that evil spirits lived within his house. McAlpin’ parents said McAlpin had a history of mental illness and was diagnosed with “anxiety disorder” two years before the shooting. A Mobile Mental Health unit was called into McAlpin’s home due to a […]

McAlpin Parents Grieving the Death of Their Child Resulting from Police Brutality

Daniel McAlpin

Daniel McAlpin was a 41 year-old suffering from mental illness. He would have hallucinations that evil spirits lived within his house. McAlpin’ parents said McAlpin had a history of mental illness and was diagnosed with “anxiety disorder” two years before the shooting. In early March, 2020, McAlpin’s parents called state police their son’s mental health […]

New 911 Text Service in D.C. Rerouting Emergencies to Phone Calls Instead

WASHINGTON D.C. A D.C. man who is deaf said he texted 911 to report a life-threatening emergency and was shocked when the response he got was to make a “voice call” instead. Graham Forsey and his interpreter said the problem happened on July 24 when he texted 911 to report a man who was having a […]

Lawsuit Filed Against APD for Brutal Excessive Force During a Mental Health Crisis

Edwards with broken jaw

(Austin, TX) An Austin man filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin and three Austin Police Department (APD) officers. The lawsuit filed by James Edward Johnson said APD officers used excessive force while he was experiencing a mental health crisis. “Rather than calmly talking with the distraught young man who was wearing only boxer […]

Second Phase of Gaum’s Mental Health Response Pilot Program

Gaum's Behavioral Health and Wellness Center

The Guam’s Behavioral Health workforce is taking their Mobile Crisis Response Team services to the next level by launching the second phase of their pilot program. Behavioral Health in June partnered with Guam’s law enforcement and public safety officials to launch the first phase of the Mobile Crisis Response Team. The partnership brings together a […]

National Mental Health Care Legislation Brought up in Congress

A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators, Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Texas Republican John Cornyn, are pushing for legislation to support local governments that are expanding their mental health-care emergency responses, which seeks to shift the responsibility away from the police. “The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the mental health challenges so many Americans are facing, […]

Montgomery County Shifting Police Funds to Mental Health Responders

Montgomery County created a crisis center in July of 2020. Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker spearheaded the redirecting of $600,000 in funding to expand their Mobile Crisis Team. The Crisis Team is a two-person, 24-hour service that responds to non-violent situations. Now there are three Mobile Crisis Teams with a total of six staff. […]