BallSacBounce wrote:HarthorneWingo wrote:BallSacBounce wrote: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 big 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 head 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 to better respond 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.
This wasn't a mental health issue. He was high. In either case you also have to send the police in case he becomes dangerous. But yeah, a different type of response needs to be given.
No reason for Daniel Prude or the autistic boy to have ended up dead.
If juries won't convict on regular charges maybe we need separate cop charges for these types of things. Something has to happen to them. Something substantial.
Being high is still a mental health episode requiring professionals bc police don’t have that necessary knowledge. Also, I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be any police response. I have no problem assigning a police unit to work as part of that unit but under the direction of a professional. I should’ve made that clear.
But I appreciate you