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To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help

 

November 13, 2019



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Jennifer Sarrett, Emory University

(THE CONVERSATION) After Shukri Ali Said left her house during a mental health crisis on April 23, 2018, her sister called 911 for help. Police found Said standing at an intersection holding a knife. Officers shot her five times in the neck and chest, killing her.

That same month, in New York, officers answered a 911 call about a black man waving something that looked like a gun. In fact, it was a pipe. But when Saheed Vassell, a 34-year-...



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