“State and local governments should end the use of police to respond to incidents involving people experiencing mental health crises and instead implement non-coercive, supportive interventions. This can include response teams designed to connect, build rapport, and de-escalate stressful situations. Investment in communities, including accessible, affordable mental health services and support to address social issues that exacerbate stress and anxiety, are also essential. The evidence is clear: police use of force is not a rights-respecting or effective response to mental health crises.? More here. in article from Human Rights Watch.
Christian Hall was 19 years old and recently broke up with his girlfriend. He was feeling depressed and was contemplating suicide. Police were called when someone…