Mental Illness

Reducing Law Enforcement's Footprint to Maximize Community Safety: Eliminating Police-Based Response to Low Level Traffic Violations and Mental Health Crises

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Tue, 02/06/2024 - 16:40

This white paper provides an overview of the harms that flow from relying on law enforcement for civil traffic violations and crisis intervention. These two arenas account for a significant portion of police-civilian contacts and, in turn, a significant portion of civilian deaths at the hands of police. In 2021 alone, police killed at least 1,140 people. 117 of those people were killed after police stopped them for a traffic violation, and 104 were killed after police responded to reports of erratic behavior or mental health crisis.

Cotton v. City of Eureka

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Tue, 09/20/2022 - 12:24

Police beat to death a homeless, mentally ill, drug-addicted, 26 y.o. man; verdict includes $75k punitive damages, $1,250,000 for decedent’s pain and suffering, and non-economic damages awarded to father; does not include attorneys fees awarded separately.