Police Targeting and Killing Minority Groups in Israel

Iyad Hallaq Mural Painting

Iyad al-Hallaq was a 31-year-old Palestinian with autism when he was fatally shot by Israel police. Hallaq was unarmed and his peers called him harmless. The shooting was so disturbing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a tragedy and Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued an apology. Despite this, no charges has been set against the […]

Police officers throwing disabled man out of his wheelchair

Cape Town police officer throwing man in wheelchair onto the ground

There was protest outside the Cape Town police station. During the protest, Cape Town metro police were caught on video tossing a disabled man out of his wheelchair after a verbal altercation with him. An officer proceeded to kick the disabled man while he was on the ground. Afterwards the officers destroyed the wheelchair. No […]

Police Officer Mistreating people with disabilities

Jesse Hewitt Threatening Civilian with Taser

Jesse Hewitt is an Ottawa police officer who faces 10 disciplinary charges. Hewitt is charged with recording six women and photographing one man “for unauthorized purposes,” several of whom were in police custody for mental health. In addition, Hewitt distributed photographs and video recordings of people in custody with other members of the Ottawa Police […]

NYPD officer allowed to keep pension after murdering son

Thomas Valva

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 Killing of man with psychiatric disability ruled justified

(Ontario, Canada) Abdirahman Abdi was a 37 year old black man with a disability when he was approached by police. He was beaten and pepper-sprayed by a officer and left head-down in a pool of blood for over 10 minutes. He died shortly after paramedics took him to the hospital. The Ontario police officer was […]

Former police chief stealing state disability benefits

A former police chief, Brenda Lynn Cavoretto, had a human body fall on her during a crime scene. She claimed the incident caused debilitating physical and mental conditions and filed for disability benefits. When awarded disability, she continued to work as a model and fraudulently received more than $67,000 in workers comp benefits. More of this […]

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 […]

Police Handcuffed 10-year old with Autism and Fractured his Arm

(Worcester, MA) JT. is a 10-year old with autism, and was getting upset after he stopped taking his medication. JT’s mom, Beshai Torres, called 911 to ask for medical assistance. While an ambulance was on there way, two police officers arrived first. After Beshai told the officers her son was autistic, the officers approached JT […]

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 […]

NAACP Discuss Mental Health and Police Accountability

The Mobile County branch of the NAACP held a virtual event entitled “Our Talk: the Aftermath of Tragedy,”. Mental health was a major theme for the event since three of the five families lost a loved one who suffered from mental illness. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center “those who suffer from a mental illness […]