Why Are Cops Shooting So Many Mentally Ill People?

Increasingly, as mental health facilities close across the nation, officers are becoming the first responders to calls of people in a mental health crisis. In Chicago, mental health clinics are closing at an alarming rate, leaving patients vulnerable to homelessness and susceptible to dangerous interactions with police who are trained to subdue criminals, not assist civilians in mental distress. The top mental health institutions in the U.S. are the Cook County, Los Angeles County and New York City’s Riker’s Island jails: many people needing help are viewed through the lense of criminality instead of mental health.

via Why Are Cops Shooting So Many Mentally Ill People? | Alternet.

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