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Why Are Police Killing The Mentally Ill?

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Why Did Police Shoot This Young Man? Well, The Officer Said He Just Didn't Have Time To Deal With Him

Cops kill mentally ill teen after parents call police to help him
Credit: http://rt.com/usa/cops-kill-mentally-ill-teen-283/

Do you have a troublesome family member with a mental illness you'd like to get rid of?  Just call the police, the police departments in the USA are offering permanent removal of troublesome mentally ill persons, and it only costs the tax payers one bullet!  Get rid of the mentally ill today by calling police!

Of course the above is ridiculous; but weekly or at least monthly I read that somewhere nationally someone calls the police for a family member having an episode due to mental illness, and the person winds up dead.  It's therefor and increasingly obvious, police officers are the single LAST persons someone should ever call for assistance in dealing with a mentally ill person.  Police aren't here to serve and protect, not you, not anyone in your community save the very wealthy who own stock in corporations which pay lobbyists and who donate to lawmakers campaigns.

Sadly, the case of Keith Vidal who was only shot in Boiling Springs Lakes, North Carolina for an officer simply not having time to deal with the issue, isn't even remotely the worst or most callous case out there.  It's just another typical case of police killing a mentally ill person.  Vidal had been having a schizophrenic episode[1], his mother called police for assistance, and they assisted the hell out of Vidal.  They served and protected him in a pretty final sort of way.  If this is the way police are trained to deal with the mentally ill, it's a very healthy fear to then hold the police in regard as little more than a paramilitary force subjugating the community, or even just a rogue street gang.

Kelly Thomas After Being Served And Protected By Police

Kelly Thomas
Credit: http://www.examiner.com/article/video-of-ca-police-killing-homeless-mentally-ill-man-stirs-outrage

We can at least be thankful young and troubled Keith Vidal didn't get served or protected as well as Kelly Thomas did, he wasn't beaten to death, he only was shot to death for a police officer not having the time to deal with it.  One has to wonder if Vidal was more mentally ill, or was the police officer who shot him the one who was more mentally ill.  Vidal was only suffering from schizophrenia, whereas the officer who murdered him in cold blood was clearly a sociopath, and a far more dangerous member of that North Carolina community.  Luckily, it seems the Vidal case is going to become a big deal in the area, and maybe it will result in a criminal conviction, and even one for murder.

To the shame and horror of everyone on planet Earth, after beating Kelly Thomas to death, all three officers involved pleaded "not guilty[2]," so they're not just murderers, but remorseless ones as well.  Sure, they aren't police officers any more, but yet they're the none of them are on death row either, and isn't that where they clearly belong?  The real issue here is this:  How are such sociopathic men being hired and trained as police officers, and how is it these men are so poorly equipped to deal with mentally ill persons minding their own business, or perhaps suffering a mentally ill episode?  Thomas' last words were him crying out for the protection of his father in a child like state, but those hired to serve and protect him just kept beating him for their own pleasure.

Police On Capital Hill After Shooting A Confused Woman, The Mass Media Would Report The Mentally Ill Woman As A "Terrorist."

On The Scene At Capital Hill
Credit: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/a-death-on-capitol-hill/280251/

Another of the high profile shootings of a mentally ill person of late occurred at Capital Hill. Not funny at all was how the law enforcement agency described the incident as related to "terrorism[3]."  Did you catch that?  Being mentally ill is the same as being a "terrorist."  So now the precedent is set, the war on terror is the war on the mentally ill, and now law enforcement officers are eugenics Nazis; but our government is being a bit subtle about that.

Of course the woman police shot and initially reported as a "terrorist" was completely unarmed.  She was also very confused.  Are our streets safer without her on them?  Well probably, but if killing someone and calling them a "terrorist" is the way business is going to be done, then anyone who is a tax payer has the right and the duty to stand up and shout, to scream, and to DEMAND their hard earned money is not spent towards the shooting of unarmed confused women, and furthermore, we the people have a duty to either boycott mass media outlets involved in such ridiculous fear mongering, or to DEMAND they speak credibly or not at all.

Things are looking very bleak in police culture these days, they're more violent and less accountable than possibly ever before, and they're armed with military grade weapons which our taxes bought for them, and don't those weapons affect the psychological states of mind of those in possession of them?  Possibly so.

Deadly Force Isn't Going To Cut It - It's Up To Us All To FORCE Police Departments To Be Accountable In Dealing With The Mentally Ill

Deadly Force
Credit: http://www.pressherald.com/special/Maine_police_deadly_force_series_Day_2.html

In 2011 there were five separate instances of police in the state of Main shooting mentally ill persons[4].  One must admit shooting the mentally ill is, in fact, less time consuming than actually serving or protecting them, and if you can swing a nice paid vacation from the ensuing investigation, well, that can be nice.  It helps if you're also a sociopath, of course, but we're talking modern American police here, it seems to nearly be a requirement in some places. It's come down to this, police agencies across the USA have lost the trust of the people in their respective communities, and there is only one way to get it back, and that is through a total paradigm shift.  I'm told at present there are "a few" times each week[5] when a person struggling with mental illness is murdered by police officers in the USA.  I do not doubt this.  In my home state of Texas police even shot a man in a wheelchair.  He was, of course, armed...with a fountain pen[6].  I'm certain the officer's life was in danger, but he sure took care of that, did he not?  Nevermind the fact the man was a double amputee...the officer was scared, and apparently, responded just how he or she was trained to respond, and that, my friends, is the problem.

There is a real feeling that a lot of these cases are really just executions.  The police have seemingly been trained to execute "undesirables" in our culture.  First they came for the homeless and mentally ill, but I was not homeless and mentally ill, so I did nothing - you know how it goes.  The thing is, these persons executed by police are our very brothers and sisters.  The man walking across the street whittling a piece of wood with a pocket knife[7] may have not looked like Joe Corporate America, and he wasn't, therefore he was "undesirable," and police executed him in cold blood.  The officer involved in the murder, the execution of the man said, "he wasn't a safe person to have around."  Can you believe it?  Police are going to serve us and protect us so well they're now GOD himself, choosing who is or isn't safe to have around.

There is just a small bit of hope here though, the National Alliance on Mental Health is now working with the University of Memphis Crisis Training Program within the law enforcement community for providing what is called "Crisis Intervention Training."  What's NOT cool is nothing like this is mandatory in any police training anywhere.  Friends, it is up to each and every one of us to DEMAND that all officers in our community be held accountable for violent behavior, and just maybe this crisis training will help, but we've got to demand that in our community it be mandatory for police personell.  Thanks for reading.  The mentally ill are not heavy, they're our brothers and sisters.

The Last Words Of Kelly Thomas As Police Officers Beat Him To Death With Their Fists

Kelly Thomas Pleas
Credit: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=691671410863393&set=a.286441971386341.71912.286422301388308&type=1&theater

Four University Place, Washington Police Murder Ron Hillstrom

It was a murder, plain and simple, and many eye witnesses testify to the fact of it.  Ron Hillstrom, another mentally ill man, was walking around in circles, talking to himself.  Ron even made the mistake of asking someone to call the police, a mistake that would end his life.  He was walking in circles in the parking lot of an apartment complex, talking about someone having set him up.  It was plain he was having some sort of psychotic episode, he was a mentally ill man.  

What happened when the police showed up?  Well, they murdered him[8].  Four thugs with badges hit him with tasers at the same time, can you imagine that?  Four tasers hit the man at once, but that didn't kill him, so they beat him to death, and it's all on film. Ron Hillstrom was reaching out for help, begging for help, but the police came and murdered him.  It was a murder, every eye witness states Ron never threatened police, but police, as always after a murder, claim he'd threatened them.  It's such an easy excuse to use to murder, but worse still, it seems increasingly plain in the USA police ENJOY murdering mentally ill citizens.

The question then is obvious, is it not?  Who is really mentally ill?  I suppose it's both the murdered persons, AND the police.  It is the police hired in the USA, defended by the courts, payed via citizens tax dollars who are VIOLENTLY mentally ill.  The courts can not be counted on to do anything about any of it.  It is up to We The People, and the use of the second amendment in such situations to serve and to protect against violent police, is what we are going to have to employee.

Listen to Ron Hillstrom Scream For Help As Police Beat Him To Death



Jan 8, 2014 12:33pm
Fine job, Wesman!

You perform a great service in spotlighting this problem. It's common knowledge that police lie if they "feel like pulling you over", in traffic. As for their dangerous (and sometimes savage) responses, it makes you wonder: Who exactly, is training them in "Cadet School" or whatever they call it.

It's not that difficult to make it mandatory that they observe certain ironclad rules, as they're unleashed on our society.
Jan 8, 2014 12:44pm
Thanks very much, Jeff! I've been assaulted by police before, and so every time I read some awful story it burns me up all over again. I don't know what else to do about it, or what I can do about it other than...talking about it like I'm doing here, signing petitions, and things like that.

I personally believe there is something very sick in our police culture these days...they no longer seem to see the public as citizens, but rather, as "potential terrorists." At least that's how I see it, and ...I'm just fortunate nothing like this has happened in my community.
Jan 17, 2014 11:40am
It isn't as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying "Patriot" Act.

Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often "an investigation" is claimed, but soon forgotten. 28 28

In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers. USA is # 1 28 28

Does any of that sound like a free country?

As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, "It's like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn't worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn't worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn't worth fighting over, either.
Jan 17, 2014 5:18pm
Yes Sir, Mr. Smith...that's about how I see it; and it's not tolerable to lock up non violent "offenders" for some private prison corporation's stock holders.

It's not okay to violate people's privacy without magistrates and warrants being consulted and had for there being reasonable suspicion there is a crime paradigm in motion with someone or some home or business.

"No knock" raids aren't okay ever, anywhere...as they're forever raising the wrong house, shooting someone's grandmother, shooting someone's dog....and if the homeowner shoots a cop who's busting down his door at 3 a.m.....the media and police act like it's some tragedy.

It's no tragedy...when you forcibly enter someone's home in the wee hours...it's RIGHT for someone to shoot whoever is busing the door down. It's not someone who means you well to bum rush your home with bullet proof armor and semi automatic weapons....and they do those kinds of raids for person suspected of even something we all as a species know is harmless, things like marijuana.

Oh...and shooting dogs by police....that shit is beyond disgusting.

I get so angry reading about these sorts of things across the nation I can hardly stop myself from cursing sometimes.
Jan 17, 2014 5:26pm
@ Wesman I agree. The really terrible part is, the two of us have only exposed the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There's corporate control of every president in the last 50 years or more. There's the widening gap between the 1% and everyone else.

I no longer live in the USA and I doubt I would be permitted to remain free if I returned. After all, I have spoken the truths above many times very publicly. All totalitarian systems hate the truth and those that tell it.
Jan 17, 2014 7:55pm
A friend advised me to stop fixating on the negative things. I'm sure I should too. I think most of my adulthood I've been angry for finding one thing after another which I'd believed growing up to be completely false.

Also...sometimes folks I know are worried about me for some of these angry articles and such...I'm nowhere near as angry as I seem. I'm just dealing with the anger when I write pages like this one.
Jan 17, 2014 5:26pm
@ Wesman I agree. The really terrible part is, the two of us have only exposed the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There's corporate control of every president in the last 50 years or more. There's the widening gap between the 1% and everyone else.

I no longer live in the USA and I doubt I would be permitted to remain free if I returned. After all, I have spoken the truths above many times very publicly. All totalitarian systems hate the truth and those that tell it.
Jan 29, 2014 9:55am
The only good news I can see is that sooner or later balance is always achieved. Police get too violent, well...it's going to go the OTHER way where people are killing cops left and right...and that will be a correction of the problem as well.

Please note I didn't say that when people finally get tired of it and start killing cops it will be a *good thing*...it'll be the same idiotic violence as what police are visiting upon citizens today...but it will be a "correction to the problem achieving reform," I believe.
Jan 29, 2014 12:08pm
I doubt if balance can be achieved that way. The police will become even more disassociated with the public and become even more violent, killing anyone who acts suspiciously.
Jan 29, 2014 1:48pm
Except police departments do not exist inside of vacuums. Those cops literally only get to eat, have a place to live, or breath our fucking air because we allow them to do so.

You pay taxes, your taxes pay those men and women's salaries, therefore YOU are their employer.

You get mad enough, you scream loud enough, you write the city council, the mayor, the police chief, post on Facebook, post on Wordpress, Post on Yahoo, and then you tell all your friends and neighbors exactly why you are upset...soon enough, asshole cop who WORKS FOR YOU...that piece of human shit has no job, no place to stay, and is homeless.
Jan 29, 2014 1:54pm
That certainly sounds more practical than killing cops.

In fact, it sounds a lot like what we're doing here.
Jan 30, 2014 9:14am
I have personally had police removed from their jobs in my community for doing evil things. Oh I had some problems, some harassment, but I got the job done. I'm not scared. My personal outlook is that citizens need to actually CARE, and when they CARE, they can get something done.
Jan 30, 2014 9:18am
Good on ya, then. As has been said, "All evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing."
Apr 15, 2014 11:49am
I think in the USA evil is succeeding because otherwise decent persons are still busy being distracted :/
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