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Gun Happy Police Officers Disproportionately Shoot Hundreds of Mentally Ill Americans Each Year

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Identifying the Problem at Its Source

Here’s the scenario:

You’re walking around your neighborhood at night, as is your custom. Suddenly, you’re surrounded by police. Their car lights flashing and their flashlights are blinding. They’re screaming at you, but you can’t hear them. You’re confused. You’re scared. You walk towards them, completely bewildered by the situation. That’s when they shoot you multiple times. And that’s how it ends.

What the cops didn’t know, of course, is that you have hearing problems. Or you don’t speak. Or you have dementia and were lost and confused. Or that noise and lights stopped your brain from functioning properly.

Sadly, this is the case for the hundreds of mentally ill Americans who are killed by police each year. Many of them couldn’t even defend themselves, and yet they were killed by those sworn to protect them.

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Here are the statistics