LAPD Being Sued for Killing Man Struggling with Mental Health

Victor Valencia was a 31 year-old Latino man mistaken for an armed Black man. Police were called and fatally shot Victor who was actually carrying a bicycle part. The son and parents of Victor Valencia, allege in their lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, that Victor presented no threat and that his rights were violated […]

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 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 […]

“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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alternatives to Police Response for Psychiatric Disabilities

(San Mateo, CA) Police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a person walking through traffic. When police arrived, they found Chinedu Okobi who was an unarmed 36-year old Black man with a psychiatric disability. Shortly after police confronted Chinedu, he was forced to the ground by 5 officers and tased a total of 7 times. […]