Restraint and Death of Disabled Civilians in Texas

The New Statesman reports on deaths in restraint or otherwise in custody of mentally ill civilians in Texas. There’s a new bill pending, the Sandra Bland Act. The paper reports on the bill, but also investigated deaths. Excerpts: Klessig is one of at least 33 people with histories of mental illness who died after being … Continue ReadingRestraint and Death of Disabled Civilians in Texas

Trauma in the Neighborhoods: The Solution Isn’t Police Training

The US Department of Health and Human Services has given Chicago 1 million dollars to address “trauma” in its neighborhoods. But it seems like most of the money will go to training cops. The grant will: * Establish a Chicago ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), Institute to design and deliver trauma-informed training … Continue ReadingTrauma in the Neighborhoods: The Solution Isn’t Police Training

The “Training Isn’t Enough” Movement

Discussions around police use of force and disabled civilians usually turn quickly to training. In Chicago, for example, several high profile deaths resulted in mandatory CIT training for all Chicago officers – in policy anyway. It’s not clear whether funds have been allocated and to what extent the training is ongoing, but that’s another story. … Continue ReadingThe “Training Isn’t Enough” Movement

Simulating Police Training – What’s the pedagogy here?

My friend RC alerted me to this piece on a police training simulator for learning how to reduce misuse of force when encountering autistic people or people with various mental disabilities. It touts the virtues of the virtual playback versus role-playing-based training. Through the simulator, deputies are immersed in true-to-life scenarios β€” exactly the kind … Continue ReadingSimulating Police Training – What’s the pedagogy here?

De-escalation for Law Enforcement in Park Ridge

Nice article in the local paper on de-escalation training for Park Ridge law enforcement. Last year, a U.S. Justice Department grant secured by the Park Ridge Police Department allowed for officers to take crisis intervention training, a program that aims to prepare officers to deal with citizens struggling with a broad spectrum of mental health … Continue ReadingDe-escalation for Law Enforcement in Park Ridge

Police and Psychiatrically Disabled Individuals with Weapons

ACLU releases graphic video of 2012 police shooting of mentally-ill black man in Michigan. More than 45 shots http://t.co/rNYQN2HHZM β€” Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) October 27, 2014 Milton Hall stole coffee & refused to drop knife. officers fired 47 shots, 11 hit. All cleared by local PD & feds http://t.co/hxIRQX2gfb β€” Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) October 27, … Continue ReadingPolice and Psychiatrically Disabled Individuals with Weapons