Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Where was the mental health community?

Trinidad Ornelas was fatally shot by police officers in Orange County on Sunday after his mother called 911 because he was choking her.

Neighbor Victoria Hernandez said

…family members told her that Ornelas sometimes didn't take his medications [for schizophrenia] which led to outbursts. The mother had called the police in the past to calm her son down.

Hernandez says police have been to the Ornelas house before, “They should have known.”

An attorney for the family – Thomas Beck says, “The officers who responded Sunday were "just brand new to the circumstances.”

The real question should not be whether the officers who responded to the 911 call on Sunday were the same ones who frequently responded to calls to calm Ornelas.

No – the real question should be – where was the mental health community?

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