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 […]

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 […]

Police violence affecting mental health of civilians

According to the American Journal of Public Health, law enforcement encounters lead to increased stress among civilians. “The constant media coverage and real-time dissemination of footage on social media of unarmed African Americans harmed or killed by the police has left many Americans struggling to make sense of the violence, the researchers say.” These police […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

Wallace Wilder

Wallace Wilder

(Pickens County, AL) Wallace Wilder was 62 years old diagnosed with Bipolar Schizophrenia. Strange noises were heard from Wallace’s house, so the neighbor investigated and found that Wallace was breaking his personal items. Wallace’s neighbor then called the police for Wallace’s own safety. When police arrived, Wallace was fatally shot. Authorities refuse to release details […]

Ray Anson Mitchell

Ray Anson Mitchell

(Mobile, AL) Ray Anson Mitchell was 37 years old diagnosed with schizophrenia. Ray and his cousin would hang out at his aunt’s house. After Ray’s cousin moved out, Ray would still visit the same house. He wasn’t able to process that his cousin no longer lived there. Ray was visiting the house again and was […]

Police Cover-up for Beating Man with Psychiatric Disability to Death

Blanca Briceno called police to help with her son who was experiencing an episode from schizophrenia. When police arrived Eric Briceno, her son, was sleeping. Despite being asleep, the police began beating Eric. Eric died from this attack. An autopsy report confirmed that Eric was punched, pepper-sprayed and shot with a taser seven or eight […]