The dangers of the mentally challenged: what should police do?

Before and since 2015 I read with keen interest, as ever, articles about encounters some mentally challenged individuals have with law enforcement officials. The social worker for Shirley, a San Francisco schizophrenic, called police in 2015 and advised them that her client was locked in her room and threatening to kill the social worker. The police forced their way in. They then shot Shirley, who then sued them, saying, in essence, that because she is schizophrenic they should have taken more steps to avoid a violent confrontation.


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former assistant instructor in tai chi chu'an; current TreeKeeper (#467); former Master Gardener; member of American Bird Conservancy, Audubon, Fraternal Order of Police, and Mensa; recently retired career cop; wife and mom.
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