“About 31 percent, or 77, of the 247 women fatally shot by police since 2015 had mental health issues, compared to 22 percent of the 5,362 men killed. . . .By the time police use fatal force against someone in mental distress, that person often has not had professional help and may be a danger to themselves or others. . .This kind of encounter is a greater risk for a woman than for a man. . .because officers may be slower to identify a woman in mental crisis and take her to a hospital. Without treatment, future interactions with police could end in a fatal use of force by officers” More of the story here.
Ernest Vassell was a 56-year old man with autism who lived in Miami. On August 31 2011, Ernest was playing with a toy rifle. The…