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 created in Oakland CA as a mobile crisis response unit that provides assistance and resources on Friday and Saturdays nights. Mental health services aren’t readily available during those times. More of this story here.
Jesse Kersey (Dayton, OH) is a 17-year-old young man with developmental disabilities. Jesse was riding his bike when a police officer saw Jesse and tried…