Air marshals kill man with bipolar disorder
But is it possible that his death is more the result of an old mental health treatment system than new security measures?
People with severe mental illnesses are nearly 4 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement officers than the general public. Much of that is because people are too often required to deteriorate to dangerousness before they can receive help – and then the people who are on teh front lines are not mental health professionals, but law enforcement officers.
We will be watching this story for more details.
- Blogtac 12/09/05: Sister: "My brother also killed by SWAT team
- New York Times: "Air marshals tell of burden in reacting to mental status" (free registration required)
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