The NYPD and the Mentally Ill

, New York Law Journal

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Randolph M. McLaughlin and Debra S. Cohen, co-counsel to the family of Mohamed Bah, write that there has been an increased and dangerous reliance on untrained police officers to singularly respond in situations where people may be experiencing mental health challenges, without any involvement by professionals trained to understand and communicate with people affected by psychiatric conditions. The danger this imposes on both the public and the police is clear.

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