March 3, 2016
(Vox) – These two scenarios, law enforcement officials and advocates say, show what happens when police — and the justice system more broadly — are equipped to deal with people with mental illnesses: While the first encounter ended in a violent arrest that actually amplified Kevin’s paranoia toward police, the second was resolved peacefully in a way that prevented potential violence in the future. Unfortunately, the non-peaceful resolution remains horrifyingly common in America. And while this issue often shows up in the justice system, it reflects a much broader failure in US policy and society.
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