Law enforcement encounters with mentally ill people sometimes go horribly wrong. The problems here begin long before the police ever show up.
Discussions about police violence and race must include the Native community along with other aspects of intersectionality.
The nation knows that the Black and Native American communities are at increased risk for police violence, but few are talking about the fact that roughly half of fatal police encounters also incorporate disability. It’s time for that to change.
Public misconceptions about mental illness, violence, and the legal system are widespread and deep-seated. They often manifest in the aftermath of rampage violence, with commentators quick to emerge from the woodwork to blame violence on mental illness, and then to suggest that the criminal won’t be brought to justice, that mental illness will be used […]