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Discuss:

  • What is being done to prevent unnecessary citizen deaths in the hands of police
  • Does my state require diversity training for police officers
  • What does that diversity training entail
  • What training do officers receive in regards to deescalation in my state
  • What training do officers have for mental illness cases

Facts:

Each year, 2 million jail bookings involve a person with mental illness. Approximately 15% of men and 30% of women in local jails have a serious mental illness. 1 in 4 people killed in officer-involved shootings has a serious mental illness. These numbers just begin to show some of the relationships—and consequences—of a sad truth: With our failing mental health system so inadequate, law enforcement agencies have increasingly become de facto first responders to people experiencing mental health crisis. - See more at: NAMI

Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015, according to the findings of a Guardian study. Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths logge. Their rate of police-involved deaths was five times higher than for white men of the same age. Paired with official government mortality data, this new finding indicates that about one in every 65 deaths of a young African American man in the US is a killing by police. - See more at: The Guardian