It is clear that many police incidents such as Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York; Nicolas Chavez in Houston, and the 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, in Salt Lake City, are the result of police reactions to mental health situations they can’t handle without escalating an encounter to the point of lethal force.
We are facing a national crisis, now highly polarized by violent extremists on both right and left, damaging to police, business owners, the Black community (which already has hundreds of years of trauma and intergenerational post-traumatic stress disorder) and society as a whole. It is heartbreaking for the nation.
Many reforms have been proposed. I do not see, at least in the media, that increased funding for mental health crisis intervention services in collaboration with police departments and other first responders is being discussed at the state or national level.
Maine has been recognized nationally for developing