A Crisis, Not a Crime

Police mistake someone who is mentally ill as an immediate threat, and the person in crisis ends up dead at the hands of law enforcement.
 
To prevent such recurring tragic scenarios, more cities are replacing armed police officers with “civilian” response teams for non-violent 911 crisis calls. 
 
A new crisis team in Denver responded to 748 of 2,500 emergency calls in its first 6 months. The results? No police called to a scene and no arrests. 
 
“Right off the bat, we had officers on every shift saying, ‘When can we get more of this and expand this,?’” said Denver police chief Paul Pazen. 
 
USA Today

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