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Police should rarely be first responders for those in mental health crisis

Police should rarely be first responders for those in mental health crisis

The knife-wielding man shot by Baltimore police last week was "apparently suffering from a mental health crisis," according to Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Yet instead of responding with a mobile crisis team trained to de-escalate, engage and obtain mental health services, officers took aim and fired their weapons.

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has a history of violating the rights of people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In its recent investigation report finding...

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