House Proposal That Funds Mental Health Providers For Mental Health Emergencies

“Four Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at reducing violence against people with mental illnesses by supporting the creation of special units that would be dispatched instead of police to respond to mental health crises.” People with disabilities are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. In addition, people with […]

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 killed teenager that called them for help

Quinn MacDougall, 19, called Hamilton police over a threat he received on Snapchat. When police arrived Quinn was with his step-father, Baldwin. While Quinn was talking to the officers, Baldwin left to walk the dogs. After a few minutes, Baldwin heard gunshots coming from the house. When he returned, Quinn was already dead with four […]

Police Reform Bill Signed into Law in California

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by police killings. Today Governor Newsom of California signed a bill into law “that requires the California Attorney General to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, removing the duty from local officials.” This will make police more accountable for their actions. While this is a step in the right […]

Virginia Autism Project Supporting Bill for Reduced Penalty for Assaulting Police

(Richmond, VA) You will be charged with a 6-month mandatory minimum sentence in addition to a felony if you assault a police officer. Advocates for people with psychiatrics disabilities argue that assault can be easily misinterpreted. For example, James is a 27-year old with with autism. Due to his autism, he spits subconsciously which can […]