Police Treatment of Mental Illness

Police Treatment of Mental Illness

Report recommends more police training for dealing with mentally ill

A new report released by The Mental Health Commission of Canada indicates there are more interactions between these two groups now than there were five to seven years ago

A lack of treatment and support for those with mental illness, plus the stigma, mean police are often in a situation where they have to deal with the crisis.

“There has been significant interest amongst the police community to provide sufficient training for police personnel both to improve their understanding of mental illness and to equip them to respond appropriately to persons with mental illness,” said study co-author Terry Coleman in a statement.

“As important as police training in matters of mental health is, police are not doctors, and should never be expected to act as such,” he told reporters at the conference Wednesday.

“Healthcare is the explicit responsibility of the provinces, and we look to our provincial partners to provide the necessary intervention and assistance for the mentally ill – before they encounter the criminal justice system. I cannot emphasize this point more strongly.”

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/report-recommends-more-police-training-for-dealing-with-mentally-ill-1.1978377#ixzz3Bida07zC

Canada is Proactive in this response.   This is Preventive Medicine.  Mentally ill patients are increasingly likely to come in contact with police officers, has the medical community braced itself for the backlash.

Shooting acutely suicidal patients or imprisoning mentally ill patients who are often homeless, addicted to drugs and alcohol  is not treatment.      Especially when family calls 911 for help and first responders are the local cops. Police Officers should calmly talk with patients and transport them to the local ED,  in consultation with the ED physician or charge nurse.   First Responders are managed by an MD or an entity with MDs  or DOs such as hospitals.

Police Officers are not doctors.   Police officers  are not allowed to make medical decisions.  Why then do Police officer make medical  decisions in the videos by deviating from First Responder protocols?  They should notify the ED of a patient with altered mental status  and ask for assistance as well as call for backup.  Why is that done after lethal means?


Excellent article written from the perspective of a white female who survived striking a police officer:
How should police handle people with autism?
http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

In none of the videos,   did officers  attempt  to treat   patients humanely.  Acutely ill and agitated patients were treated in the most obscene manner. Instead of displaying courtesy  or  respecting  their dignity, the officers   pointed  their guns,  threatened, yelling different orders littered with  profanities and disparaging comments that would frighten and confuse Even the most sane person,   let alone  someone with mental illness or Aspergers where sensory inputs are altered.

In none of the videos or stories involving Black and Brown people, did cops act appropriately in reducing sensory overload necessary to  de-escalate a high-risk stressful situation.    Why?   Police Officers are trained in CPR and carry defibrillators….In some towns,  police officers are the only first responders….why did cops deviate from standard First Responder Protocols in the videos and narratives?    Cops in these videos make no attempt to descalate by talking courteously or recruiting family or friends but instead do everything to provoke an already high-risk  suicide situation.  The current behaviors and lack of proactive responses by medical communities is not only a serious breach in  the delivery of medical care that is ultimately very costly to society but a violation to do no harm.

Food For Thought:

We wonder:   suicide rates have not come down from 12-13 per 100,000 , why despite a variety of treatment  options?   (rates may begoing up with someone committing suicide every 13 minutes in 2010 compared to every 17 minutes a couple  of years earlier)   Perhaps it may have to do with the ripple effect of inappropriate treatment and  second-hand exposure to police violence by communities….consider that for further research and my database will assist in capturing context within communities.  (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/statistics/aag.html)

What is the AMA doing about this problem?  Are doctors protecting their patients?   Or  Is medicine also biased against pigment? Discrimination in medicine exists as well as cruelty.    I experienced discrimination, misdiagnosis, redacted and multiple medical records and cruelty at the hands of doctors at Tufts Medical Center, Justina Pelletier at Boston Childrens Hospital and thousands unknown.   The ACA and patient protection laws offer no protection  against discriminatory medicine by ED staff, except stakes to do no harm are higher for those involved in the delivery of medical care, particularly, doctors.

In other words, the Medical Director of EMS (Emergency Medical System) or  the physician director of first responders provides a channel to seek compensation and recourse for victims.    Name of the person or the  group ort he hospital name  is relevant  for the database as well as  911 tapes.

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Video shows mentally ill man shot by Dallas police


VIDEO: Family Releases Video of Man Being Killed by Fort Bend Officer (graphic)

http://benswann.com/video-family-releases-video-of-man-being-killed-by-fort-bend-officer/#ixzz31YDI3UiK

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We Used Manpower

http://wp.me/p2oZth-4sZ

Reflections: Military Police Delivery of Healthcare |Videos

Did Michelle Cusseaux have to die?

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2014/08/18/michelle-cusseaux-mental-illness/14266383/


Normal law-abiding humans do not behave in this manner; criminals and psychopaths do. Anglo values and law look at police behavior and use of excessive force as necessary to protect the officers. In the above video, was it necessary?

 

An unarmed, single victim against multiple trained, heavily armed officers,  swinging batons, kicking your face, stomach, and groin without mercy, seemingly relentlessly: How would an autistic or schizophrenic person respond?

 

 

In the video, cops appear to be villains, bullies, and the mob – just organized minions of criminal units.

 

 

This is an  epidemic. Police violence should be declared a public health and medical Emergency. Mental illness affects about one in every four Americans. The medical community cannot afford to ignore this situation. We must pay now or pay immensely later.

 

 

If we ignore, what will the future look like as more police officers are rewarded for violence and move up the ranks, as they have already?   Will a lack of diversity be the future?

 


 

Many homeless people have mental disorders that landed them on the streets. Mental disorders are controllable and treatable but not in prison. No studies have documented the treatment benefits of prison for mental disorders as well as developmental disorders and homelessness.  We know that untreated mental illness often gets worse with addiction.  Are medical societies and patient advocates comfortable with law enforcement-driven treatment protocols for  mental illness and addiction?

 

The most disturbing thing about the video above and other videos like it is the lack of first responders.  Ambulance delays,  lack of CPR and advanced life support increase fatalities.  Why were there no ambulances  and at least 5 cruisers?  Are cops trained in CPR?  I believe they are, and the majority carry defibrillators.  However, no attempts were made to resuscitate or administer first aid.

 

Videos of police violence with often fatal injuries to “suspects,” and  absence of ambulances , and  use  of defibrillators,  ensure that patients  will not be brought back to life.  A dead patient cannot contradict blood the  stained lies of law enforcement.

 

 

Why were so many cruisers on the scene, but no ambulance?  Was there a delay?  If so, why?  Perhaps delays in medical treatment result in the death of victims of police  violence.  Or did  medicine outsource health care to law enforcement?

“A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son” Phonesavanh Family interview (June 27, 2014)

 


 

RELEASE US – a short film on police brutality by Charles Shaw (feat. Random Rab)

 

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Mom Sues Over Son’s Psychiatric Prison Treatment

 

 


Cops Want To Force Boy To Take Picture Of Erect Penis

 

 


Staten Island Man KILLED after NYPD Cop Puts Him In CHOKEHOLD For Breaking Up a FIGHT!!

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Anaheim Police: Shoot first and ask later?

 

1.  DNA Evidence Clears Mentally Disabled Half Brothers in NC of 1983 Rape and Murder

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/mentally_disabled_half_brothers_cleared_of_1983_nc_rape_and_murder_by_dna.html

2.  Aspergers Teens and Driving a Car

http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/07/aspergers-teens-and-driving-car.html

3.  How should police handle people with autism?

http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

 

4.  2nd NYPD Death Ruled Homicide

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/_2nd_nypd_death_ruled_homicide.html

5.  US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-police-murdered-5000-innocent-civilians-since-911/172029/

 

6.  Vermont Kicks the War on Drugs

http://magazine.good.is/articles/vermont-versus-heroin

 

http://phoenixcopwatch.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/how-do-the-police-handle-the-seriously-mentally-ill-its-not-with-care/

 

 

Two Different Style Town Hall Meetings

Two Different Style Town Hall Meetings with  different hosts, different audiences  and different size groups.      Sean Astin   and drdeandre1,  both  inspirational, ignited neurons and got my mind going.  

 

Both unwind in different ways. Sean ‘s focus group is on civil discourse and  drdandre1’s is on cultural civil discourse, both  fantastic and very different  reflected The CULTURAL civil discourse. 

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Texas Town Hall

 

 

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(talking shit) Commentary ” wake up blacks with power and money!”

 

 

Police Violence: Use of Tasers For Walking


“A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the family, including the 7 month old son, of 24 year old Gregory Towns, who died after being tased 13 times in 29 minutes. Two officers repeatedly shocked this man’s body for a total of 47 seconds… while unarmed and handcuffed.”


“Police found Towns sitting down and out of breath after a short foot chase. He asked officers at least ten times to be allowed to rest before going with them, according to AJC. The cops then decided to use their weapons as a cattle prod to force the weak man to walk, instead of just letting him catch his breath.”


“While we often ask “why didn’t that cop use a taser instead of his gun?”, it is important to remember that while a person is less likely to die from a taser shock than a gun shot, they are still a weapon, and still often unnecessary and lethal.”

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/man-dies-taser-13-times-cattle-prod/#Qk5v1TKX1JTpDtdM.99


Using tasers to hasten the arrest process for injured citizens who have difficulty breathing has no place in American medicine. I doubt the manufacturer of tasers would make such recommendations to any law enforcement official. There are no medical indications for tasers.

Someone who is having difficulty breathing needs an ambulance. Any fool knows that.

This is wrongful death due to the off-label use of tasers. The police did not act in accordance with standard practice or protocols for tasers.

Personnel should consider that exposure to the ECW [Taser]  for longer than 15 seconds (whether due to multiple applications or continuous cycling) may increase the risk of death or serious injury.”  (3)  

Police are not allowed to make medical decisions, yet they are (with uniformly poor outcomes) increasing fatalities and disability cases.

Systemic violence within law enforcement serves to compound the burgeoning unlawful, unethical, and inhumane actions that lead to physical and mental disorders. When a disorder is exploited by law enforcement for profit or abuse, it can only be described as an act of terrorism.

A public health emergency exists for people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and Asperger syndrome. People with mental and developmental disorders may not understand commands screamed at them by an irate officer pointing a gun, and the wrong reaction could be fatal.

The medical community cannot stand by and watch patients slaughtered, knowing that they are at very high risk for police violence and its associated morbidity and mortality.

Gregory Town tasered to death

Related Stories:

1.  Aspergers Teens and Driving a Car

http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/07/aspergers-teens-and-driving-car.html

2.  How should police handle people with autism?

http://autism.voirici.net/?p=375

3.  TASER guidelines updated for first time since 2005

 http://www.policeone.com/police-products/less-lethal/TASER/articles/3590368-TASER-guidelines-updated-for-first-time-since-2005/

White on White Crime : Keep Focused

 PROFESSOR GRIFF IS A GIMMICK HE IS FAKE pt.1


A recent conversation came to mind as I watched and listened to the video.  All day could be spent pointing out different communication styles, cultural differences, the lack guns or violent threats, but that is off-topic.

 

More white people kill white people, and more black people kill black people. You are more likely to be killed by someone you know, and that is a fact. Most white people know white people and live among white people  and most black people know black people and live among black people. Naturally, there are black on black crimes, as there  are white and white crimes (domestic abuse, serial murderers, homicides and  suicides) . Crimes are violent in any complexion.

In addition, data require understanding context to provide reliable interpretations that are meaningful as well as accurate. Pointing out black on black crime for the purpose of feeding stereotypes, detracts  from focusing on  police violence against black and brown folks as well as solutions.

 

Furthermore,  when anglo-values are the contexts used to interpret data (findings), data validity and integrity become suspect.  Black people and all non-white cultures are  judged by anglo-values and not their unique values. Why is that? And why does that make a difference?

 

I believe Golden Lady’s anger colored her perspectives and in a discussion she might also accuse me of being white. Similar to anger, anglo-values color interpretations.

 

Golden Lady voiced feelings of darker pigmented black people who  are the very bottom of the barrel  based on anglo-values of society,  including black communities.   Remember,  what other people think about you is NONE of your business!  

 

Resentment builds over time when the focus is on what others think,  instead of your own thoughts, gratitudes and future.   Pigmented debates lead to further resentment and isolation, creating fragmentation and division within the black community.   The end-result is STRESS with NO RELIEF, leaving us bitter or abandoning our cultures.  


There is a world full of diverse people….In choosing opportunities, remember some like it hot; some like it cold and some like in the middle. Find people who like it YOUR way; stop worrying about the others who don’t.

 

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

 

 

I understand this man...It is a sad reflection of America.
I understand this man…It is a sad reflection of America.

Farewell to Exclusivity and Tokenism

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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

~Krisnamurti

Yesterday, I was un-invited to an ACA event that day–apparently, Issued too many invitations and my presence irrelevant–Invitation one month ago and a second confirmation of attendance over 1 week ago….

I am disappointed!   This event attended and presented by the same people (and their protégés) is the biggest problem in medicine affecting medical care for everyone– perpetuating  vicious cycles of failed programs and ideas– The problem of  Exclusivity.  Exclusivity and diversity do not complement or work well with each other.   This mutually unique opportunity for  networking and leadership was  denied.    The problem with exclusivity is ACCESS.  Yesterday, I was denied access….unfortunately, this occurs often to people of color.  #POC

Harvard School of Public Health  did not practice what it preached.  I was prepared to teach  them:  Impart wisdom to the decision makers with formal authority.  Did they  not know physicians are important stakeholders?

Did they forgot my contributions to HSPH   during my first 4 months?

Did they  understand  how physically and emotionally ill I felt on returning to HSPH   following a 17 hour nightmare of cruelty and denigration  at Tufts Medical Center Emergency Department?

This culture says, who cares?  Diversity is paramount to appreciation and comprehension of   health.  Diversity begins with acceptance and comprehension of language.  Language is the means we use to communicate  thoughts, experiences and ideas –our cultures.  It is no measure of health when everyone has to adjust to a society that is profundly sick.

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The mindset of  medicine and public health is not diverse but rather stifling and very biased.  The  same voices in different roles. Essentially, the same actors and a few selected actresses wear different hats and hold all key positions of FORMAL authority.    This is called change and leadership.

Medicine does not value diversity and that is reflected in its culture and Continued Failure to Listen….resulting in lack of diversity along with increased morbidity and mortality of excluded groups.

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Below is a letter that marks the end of my affiliation with medical care.

I will not attend this conference or any other claiming to care for patients when real patients are not represented and ….

Will there be People of Color presenting? The images do not show anyone like me. Last year I attended and enjoyed the conference but felt frustrated and disappointed by the lack of depth and diversity.

As I suspect the same, I will pass my ticket onto a colleague who is more your target. It is shameful medicine ( I will not say healthcare because there is nothing healthy or caring about our current system) remains exclusive even to the point of patient advocates.

I can’t be part of this atmosphere of exclusivity and tokenism.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

~Krisnamurti

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When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely – the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Choose to Fight For Justice and Equality Over Reparation

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Choose Justice and Equality Over Reparation:  Is it Time To Change the conversation around Black people?

If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want—-DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)

The Past Isn’t Past: The Economic Case for Reparationz

Nice Article!

This article makes Interesting  and unique points,  many I agree with  wholeheartedly,  especially the importance of  intergenerational financial and emotional supports.  Both are lacking  in black communities.  Fortunately,  the latter requires no money.  But  I disagree with experts.

We should not expect anything except to fight for equality and justice. We need community metrics to measure those outcomes and others.

We need the expertise of our experts   to educate, mentor or sponsor blacks within black communities.   Many successful blacks in positions of influence do not use their influence to help the masses of blacks or those blacks outside their social (inner circle) class and that is a pity. These experts  are  often called upon to be the voices of blacks, please be MEANINGFUL  voices of productivity  for our people.

Blacks have no foundation for sustained success  in helping  other blacks up the ladder– unlike other  successful culture  that planted and built  foundations of success along the way.    In other words,  create infrastructures to help other blacks instead of relying on other cultures or making racism   a scapegoat and crutch.   If I grew up thinking every weird look or negative response from whites was due to racism I would not have completed college.  Those thoughts are self-defeating.

I used to be embarrassed by Rev Al Sharpton. Today, I respect him more than many other black leaders. Whites labelled him because he brought race, discrimination and bigotry to the dinner table.  In retrospect,  it took guts.  And I  thank him for his contributions and support of poor black folks.  He spread awareness…we need to move on…change the discussion to self-efficacy.

Finally, based on my experience, many blacks feel entitled to reparations or  focus on blame rather than self-improvement. Everything is a gift. I  tire of excuses ….whining without action is not productive but rather destructive and a waste of time.  Excuses layered on top of underlying self-doubt, negativity and mistrust of the world. The latter three is where we as blacks need to start as a community.

Blacks need to feel safe,  to feel a sense of well-being and self-efficacy.  Self-Efficacy will only come with equality, justice, health and access.

Those of us who are blazing the way to enlighten our people everywhere, are at times very much annoyed and discouraged by acts of our own people. They do so many things to hurt our feelings of loyalty, and love for the race, but what can we do? Can we forsake them because they hurt our feelings, surely not. Painful though it may be, we must be sympathetic and we must be forgiving. So when that ignorant fellow who happens to be a member of our race, stands up to block some cause that will benefit our people, you will be able to overlook him—–MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)

If only those great leaders were here today….

 

Source of Quotes: FAMOUS QUOTES 

To  article  :The Past Isn’t Past: The Economic Case for Reparationz

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Hundreds of years of slavery and the American-style apartheid known as Jim Crow continue to hurt the economic prospects of African-American babies born today.

“The past is in the past; it’s time to move on.”

That’s a common response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ eloquent essay in The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” and his recent discussion with Bill Moyers.

But that sentiment betrays a fundamental lack of understanding of how the legacy of hundreds of years of slavery and the American-style apartheid known as Jim Crow continue to hurt the economic prospects of African-American babies born today.

“The average black family has about one-tenth of the wealth of the typical white family — that’s ten cents on the dollar,” says NYU sociologist Dalton Conley, author of Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Class in…

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