The Sheriff, the shooting and Mental health

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Dear @shelbygrad,@lanow,@randpowers and others currently judging the Sheriff depth for not stopping the shooting; if society does not build places and protocol for dangerously mentally ill people to be treated -then   there will be more situations like this.

In the 1980’s there was an uproar about how inhuman asylums were-and everyone was let out. In response:these patients became homeless and every other person whose mental illness made it impossible for them to stay home, also became homeless.

And last month, a young man who might have benefitted from a new residence in a psychiatric living facility where his anger and delusions could be treated :last month he did not tell anyone that he had a plan.

The Sheriff department could not have stopped this without violating laws and rights.

We should focus elsewhere.

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One thought on “The Sheriff, the shooting and Mental health

  1. The sheriffs department ant the local cops appear to generally take the tact of shoot first and let the lawyers sort it out later. many if not most of these situations could be handled better through appropriate training and restraint. Instead, we have trigger happy cops eager to draw their guns. Instead of using good tactical communication (verbal judo as it’s sometimes called) to deescalate matters they serve to embroil and escalate the situation to an unjustified level of deadly force when no mortal threat exists to call for such a level of force. the basic use of force continuum exists to demonstrate what level of force is appropriate in a given situation. the basic concept in applying use of force is that one may only apply the level of force demonstrated by the immediate threat posed (plus a scant amount needed to deescalate). Use of deadly force requires that the immediate threat posed be one of direct peril to human life. Ask yourself, where and when was there a direct and immediate threat posed to human life by the one who deadly force was applied to (the one who got shot) then evaluate the series of events. If there is no immediate threat to human life demonstrated then the shooter (cop or otherwise) ought be tried for murder or attempted murder as appropriate. Wearing a uniform and badge doesn’t make one immune to the proper application of the use of force. To the contrary, with the training they are supposed to have I would expect cops to be held to an even higher standard than the general public, but alas they are not and much of the time end up having to meet a much lower standard due to a general unwillingness by prosecutors and other cops to hold one another to such a standard.

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