What You Didn’t Know About Half of Police Shooting Victims

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    The guy who pushed a commuter into the path of a subway is mentally ill. But he cannot be involuntarily committed until he poses a threat, which he does now, but beforehand he did not. Not so that anybody could see. So he/ and they/ are out and wandering around.
    That’s the law. It’s not funding. In addition, those on meds cannot be forced to take the meds.
    The question of whether a guy assaultng a cop is nuts or just likes to do that stuff, is interesting in theory but likely not immediately relevant. If things worked out differently, the cop would be just as dead either way.
    It’s for the gray areas there are stun guns, batons and chokeholds.

    • Police in some neighbourhoods used to know most of the individuals in the communities they patroled. This community involvement came partially from police walking rather than driving, which means that for a particular neighbourhood to be patrolled effectively you would need more police walking. That is a funding issue. That is a funding issue which becomes more complicated in major metro hubs, but those sprawling city areas are still made of neighbourhoods.

      If police recieved adequate funding, they could focus on community involvement rather than quotas and revenue from tickets.

      Meantal illness does not usually start overnight, there are indicators that something is off, sometimes for years in advance of anything happening. Mental illness that will result in violence usually peaks around age 28 (look at the average age of serial killers). This type of information as well as other facts about mentally unstable people would be useful for police to have as part of special training which would need funding.

      If police were funded to patrol on foot and had access to information about the best course of action for any mentally ill people in their neighbourhood, they would be better equipped to deal with these situations. These changes can be made with increased funding and without tampering with the law that you are not guilty of a crime before you commit one.

      As police are now, I don’t like them and don’t think more of them are good for society. But if police were integrated in the communities they are supposed to serve, they would have a better understanding of individuals, and empathy for those experiencing difficulties. They could be a positive influence with the funding and training to focus on promoting lawful activity rather than the reactionary body they are, scrambling to administer punishment after a crime.

  2. It’s not a question of being committed.
    Ideally everyone would have a home and adequate medical care, but even if they did it wouldn’t be enough to provide safety *both* to the mentallly ill and the rest of the populace.
    Which is where the police come in.
    More “prison” is not the answer although commitment can be highly healing.
    Integration, not regression, is where our hope lies I think.
    These are people too. Let’s treat them as such.

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