NYPD Whistleblower Fights Forced Hospitalization


The Village Voice reports this week on NYPD whistleblower Adrian Schoolcraft’s two-year fight for justice after high-ranking NYPD officials illegally removed him from his house and had him forcibly committed to a psychiatric hospital as a means of silencing him and retaliating against his efforts to expose corruption. The NYPD continued to discredit him even after an internal investigation confirmed his allegations.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Psychiatry being used for political purposes? Pfft, only in Russia. I’m quite sure that this happens every day. Every single day. Try googling “diane booth psychrights”. A mom is pressured by the school into drugging her kid, she refuses, then uses the ADA or some other law to try to force the school to make accommodations for her sons condition, next thing you know she’s in jail and he’s spending his childhood on drugs in a for-profit foster center. This happens thousands upon thousands of times a year. It is in fact the primary purpose for the CPS these days.

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