Police Killings of People With Mental Illness Prompt Talk of Reform

Police Killings of People With Mental Illness Prompt Talk of Reform

In response to several recent police killings of people with mental health issues, at least eight states may implement policies mandating that officers receive additional training on how to safely and effectively interact with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Those states include Utah, New York and California, reports The Associated Press. On February 11, California Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Canada Flintridge) introduced a bill that would require officers to take college courses on mental health, social services and psychology. In March, Utah Republican Governor Spencer Cox passed a law that will help standardize police crisis intervention training throughout the state. For more on Black Americans, police violence and mental health, read “Black People’s Mental Health Is Under Siege” and “Racism Is Morally Reprehensible.

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