Mental health: Why are police killing people in crisis?

A growing number of mental health campaigners in the US and Canada are pushing back at the practise of police officers responding to calls about people experiencing mental health crises – sometimes with tragic consequences.

In the US, an estimated one in four police killings involve a person with untreated mental illness. In Canada, 42 percent of those killed by police since 2000 were reported to have mental health or substance abuse problems.

In this episode of The Stream, we ask whether police are the right people to respond to such cases, and if not them, who?
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