NOTE: I wrote this piece when I was attending college at Eastern Illinois University. I believe it to be so important that I decided to post it again here. There are tons of videos online and in the news detailing how police officers have shot and killed someone who was experiencing a mental health crisis. [...]
Police officers are trained to be authority figures, but these tactics often do not work on a person who is mentally compromised. What follows can be disastrous, not just for the mentally ill person, but for the police officer as well.