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Markus Johnson

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Markus Johnson, aged 21, died on September 6, 2019, in the Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Illinois. Markus was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and had been refusing to eat, take medication, or drink water increasingly over the span of 3 weeks. Efforts to transfer him to a facility with more intensive […]

Mental Health Courts

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Mental health courts (MHCs) are specialized programs designed to address the legal issues and treatment needs of individuals with mental health disabilities and substance use disorders. Their policies vary by state, but they frequently focus on handling individuals with “severe persistent mental illness” and/or “chronic homelessness.” In theory, these courts aim to divert individuals away […]

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 […]

Montana: Mobile crisis response team helping Missoula students find help

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“Youth court, school district and Providence Montana partner to help students, better prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.” The mobile crisis response unit in Missoula’s public schools represents a significant step towards re-imagining justice and addressing the root causes of issues that often lead students into the juvenile justice system, a constellation of […]

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 […]

Fatal Shooting of Man with Suffering from Mental Health

Pleasant Hill Shooting

Polk County Attorney Kimberly Graham determined that a fatal Aug. 12 shooting of a man by a Pleasant Hill police officer was justified under Iowa law. Graham announced her findings on Wednesday afternoon. Officers arrived at Van Heeswyk’s home where they found Heeswyk naked in a backyard with an AK-47 raised above his head. Pleasant Hill officer […]

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 […]