Over 25% of all people killed by American police were having a mental health emergency. In some states, it's over 50%. Every study out shows that a super-majority of Americans want somebody other than police showing up to mental health emergencies. Let's talk about how we get it done.
It has been proven time and time again that police officers are simply not equipped to deal with mental health crises. The farthest their training goes in this field is watching an hour long informational video, sometimes followed by a short quiz. This in no way gives them the tools to deal with the multitude of mental health emergencies they are called to respond to. There is no training video to be watched, or single policy change to be implemented, that will fix the biases embedded into the foundation of American law enforcement.
The only option is to build something new.
One step that can be taken to defund the police and invest back into communities is by ensuring there are emergency responders in every city across the country trained specifically to aid those undergoing mental health crises. Trained professionals with degrees in these areas should be the ones responding to them.
In today’s episode, Shaun explores the idea that reimagining policing does not mean embracing chaos, but implementing alternatives, and lays out exactly the alternatives America needs.