Friday, June 09, 2006

Bad week all around ...

Law enforcement and people with mental illnesses had a particularly bad week.

  • June 3. A man trying to commit suicide in Barrett Township, Pennsylvania, threatened to attack police with a knife during a standoff. His mother said he needs psychiatric help.
  • June 5. Jury selection began for a man in Rhode Island accused of killing a police officer. “His family and girlfriend have said he was mentally ill and experiencing hallucinations,” notes the story. “They said they had tried to get him psychiatric help before his arrest.”
  • June 6. A man in Seattle, Washington, is shot and killed by police during a routine traffic stop. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, he had been committed in the past for threatening to kill his parents.
  • June 8. A man in Portland, Maine, is sentenced to 11 years in prison. He attacked two homeless men, knocked out one police officer and choked another officer to the point of unconsciousness. He had four assault convictions since 1996, most occurring in a period when he was hospitalized three times for mental illness.
  • June 8. A paranoid and delusional man in West Chester, Pennsylvania is sentenced to 18 to 36 years in prison for attempting to kill two sheriffs.

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