What do you think should be done in a Daniel Prude case? I have a tough time successfully configuring a clear path to dealing with a case like that.
High as a kite, what do you do? On PCP, does that change things? Sliding scale of possible actions? Who decides?
You send a team of mental health emergency assessment professionals who are trained to deal with the situation. You certainly don’t put a spit bag over his head and suffocate him to death. I hope we can agree on this part of the incident.
I think the state AG’s office should conduct a criminal investigation of the officers. The PD also needs to do a very transparent investigation overseen by the Chief and the Mayor.
I think the officers should lose their jobs. Supervisors and dispatchers heads may be on the block too. I have a hard time believing that there is not enough evidence for a successful prosecution. There is certainly evidence of callous disregard for human life, criminal recklessness.
Then, after municipality pays the Prude estate a large sum of money, it needs to figure out a better process for responding to these mental health emergencies. That function should be taken away from the local police particularly if no weapon is alleged to be involved.
This is yet another example of why we need to defund the police. At the very least, the police are not competent to understand the nature of the behavior they’re witnessing and having to deal with. The police do one thing. They make arrests. They are not here to help you.
Did you see the police shooting of the autistic boy whose mother called 911 and asked for a mental health emergency response unit and told the dispatcher that that her son was not a danger and do not have a weapon? I believe I posted the story earlier in this thread. The PF sent the wrong unit which shot the boy up while was running scared from them.