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“When disability and race intersect”

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This December 4, 2014 WICU-WSEE Erie News article talks about an opinion on what sometimes happens when police are arresting someone who is disabled and how the persons race and disability could be targeted for discrimination either intentionally or unintentionally.  The article primarily focuses on things like “fat hatred” and how someone who is obese is potentially treated differently then someone who isn’t by the police.

Disclaimer ….  By posting the link to this article, I am not saying I approve or disapprove of the practices in this article.  I am simply sharing it because I feel that it offers some insight that could be useful.  I would also like to note that by posting this I am NOT saying that all police discriminate against people who are different then themselves, just acknowledgeing that it does seem to happen at times, and that while the only police that seem to be in the media are ones who are somehow corrupt or discriminate against others, I do acknowledge there are also some awesome

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police out there who often go above and beyond the call of duty and will do everything they can to treat people they encounter with dignity and respect.  This is not a one-size-fits-all article.

 

“How police can avoid shooting the mentally ill”

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This August 26, 2014 CNN article talks about the ever-increasing problem that police face when dealing with a person who is mentally ill.

“San Antonio Police Have Radical Approach To Mental Illness: Treat It”

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This August 19, 2014 GantDaily.com article talks about a solution San Antonio Texas has come up with to help police better work with people who are in a mental health crisis.  The process they have developed is said to be a model for the entire country, and decreases the amount of time police officers need to spend getting someone in a mental health crisis help, but also offers the police a solution that offers the person treatment as opposed to being sent to jail and appears to be more cost effective than the traditional options of using the Emergency room or jail.

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Flag of the City of San Antonio for fair use to illustrate the article about San Antonio, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis”

 

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This April 10, 2014 The Mercury News article talks about training officers in Philadelphia are receiving to aid them in identifying someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

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