Confirmed Homicide of Person with Disability Ruled Justified

Jail Custody Death Texas

Marvin Scott was a 26 year-old African American suffering from Schizophrenia. Marvin used marijuana as a medication for his condition. At an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, Marvin was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. The officers first took Scott to a local hospital because he was reportedly acting erratically. He was subsequently released […]

Support for Police Reform Increasing in North Carolina

(Pasquotank, NC) Andrew Brown was fatally shot by police on April 21st. Brown was killed in his car by deputies who were serving a warrant for his arrest. Since the shooting, protestors have gathered in the streets of Elizabeth City everyday for the past 40 nights. Since the shooting of Andrew Brown, North Carolina residents […]

Orange County Exploring Police Alternatives to Mental Health Calls

Orange County officials are looking for better ways to address mental health crises. Some of the goals Orange County is looking for is a softer approach from police officers in addition to behavioral-health services being deployed for every mental health emergency call. Orange County has been under pressure after a recent shooting of Jeffrey Ely […]

Police officer fatally shooting disabled man after being told to leave

Patrick Lynn Warren Senor was experiencing a mental health crisis so his family called 911. The Warren family requested a mental health professional, however, a police officer arrived instead. When the officer, Reynaldo Contreras, arrived, the family told Contreras to leave after he exhibited a hostile demeanor. Contreras returned and Warren Sr. answered the door, […]

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 […]

“Shoot him” an officer said before unloading 14 bullets into Walter Wallace

Walter Wallace

Walter Wallace has a long history of mental instability. He was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and often experiences mental health crises. On October 26th, police were called into the Wallace home three times. The first two times, tensions were de-escalated without a problem. However, the third encounter lead to 14 bullet rounds being shot […]

Grassroots organization in Minneapolis pushing for police response alternatives

In Minneapolis, police are involved with every 911 call including calls regarding mental health crises. Taren Vang called 911 expecting mental health professionals to arrive after her boyfriend was threatening suicide. Police arrived instead of mental health professionals and Taren’s boyfriend was fatally shot. The grassroots group, Communities Against Police Brutality, is advocating for an […]

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 […]

Abdirahman Abdi

Abdirahman-Abdi

Abdi was 37 years old with a psychiatric disability. An altercation between Abdi and the police began when officers were called to an Ottawa coffee shop over reports of a disturbance. Abdi fled to his apartment building, but was struck by an officer’s baton. Pepper spray was also used to subdue him. Abdi was left […]

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 […]