Police inability to interact with people with psychiatric problems

There has been a steady increase in the number of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. In 2019, the number of calls related to mental health was double the number in 2011. In addition, 75% of police officers have been in situations that got out of hand that involved mental health episodes. Over half of those officers […]

Kenyan Man suffering mental health crisis assaulted by police

(United Kingdom) Wycliff Cox is a well known mental patient in Essex, UK. Cox was wanted for failing to appear in court. When police arrived “they are alleged to have kicked and pinned Cox to the ground.” One officer was shown on video with his knee on his head while his hand was wrapped around […]

Lack of resources for mental health in Des Moines

(Des Moines, IA) Rose has been experiencing mental health crises for a while. She is bipolar with PTSD and borderline personality disorder. During her mental health episodes, police were the only resources available to them. If Rose was violent she would be taken to jail. If Rose was non-violent, police said they are unable to […]

Memphis Police Mistreatment of People struggling with Mentally health

(Memphis, TN) Drew Thomas is homeless and struggles with mental health. Drew has been arrested on several occasions due to minor crimes such as trespassing. One night, Drew allegedly ransacked shelves at a local gas station. When police arrived, he was compliant with the arrest. After being handcuffed, Drew was assaulted by the officers. “I […]

Some Charlette 911 calls shifting to non-police responders

(Charlotte, VA) A safety reform approved by the city council will shift certain responsibilities from police to mental health clinicians. “CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings said on Monday that transitioning more mental health calls to the crisis response team would address long-term problems in the community better than isolated officer interactions. 911 calls that are […]

Police violence affecting mental health of civilians

According to the American Journal of Public Health, law enforcement encounters lead to increased stress among civilians. “The constant media coverage and real-time dissemination of footage on social media of unarmed African Americans harmed or killed by the police has left many Americans struggling to make sense of the violence, the researchers say.” These police […]

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 […]

Crisis Response Team, an Alternative to Police for Mental Health Emergencies

(Chicago, IL) The “Treatment for Trauma” proposal focuses on alternatives to policing for those with mental health emergencies. In Chicago the police exclusively deals with these emergencies and as a result, “the largest mental health provider in this city is Cook County Jail.” “The crisis response team would be staffed by paramedics and social workers […]

Utah Police Shot 13-year old with Autism

(Salt Lake City, UT) Linden Cameron was 13-years old diagnosed with autism. Linden was having a mental health episode, so his mother called the police. She told police that Linden was “unarmed” and suffering “anxiety”. Two police officers arrived at the scene and within 5 minutes, Linden was shot multiple times. The police said 13-year […]