“Think Twice Before Calling the Cops on the Mentally Ill”

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A social worker tells The Atlantic why people should be more careful, if they believe it’s a good idea to call the police to deal with someone whom they think is disruptive and developmentally disabled or mentally ill.

The social worker says that when he trains caregivers, he will always “strongly discourage” them from contacting police for help in the vast majority of challenging situations, because police presence often increases dangers.

Think Twice Before Calling the Cops on the Mentally Ill (The Atlantic, May 15, 2015)

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11 COMMENTS

  1. The cops do overreact. I had a cop take me to a hospital because I was lying in a public park, minding my own business, staring up at clouds. When did lying in a public park, watching cloud formations become a crime or medical concern in the USA?

    This resulted in a forced $5000 physical, I’d politely declined medical care and did not sign HIPPA forms. The physical resulted in a “medically clear” diagnosis. But for some reason I was medically unnecessarily shipped, in the middle of the night, a long distance to V R Kuchipudi’s psychiatric partner in crime from Advocate Good Samaritan hospital, Humaira Saiyed. Obviously, doctors illegally break HIPPA laws. Humaira had “snowed” me three years earlier at Advocate Good Samaritan hospital. Here’s V R Kuchipudi’s FBI arrest warrant for similar crimes against other patients.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justice.gov%2Fusao%2Filn%2Fpr%2Fchicago%2F2013%2Fpr0416_01a.pdf&ei=zQRmVdK1KIq2yATA_YKQCQ&usg=AFQjCNFZUC8OxCVtnXcVlirFEgjgYoUTTA&sig2=7F8QX0HzErvDn1H51ufaig&bvm=bv.93990622,d.aWw

    I was held against my will for a week by this criminal doctor. I was injected with an antipsychotic, despite the fact I’d told the doctors I was allergic to the neuroleptics. The medical staff ended up confessing that they’d never seen such an adverse reaction to a neuroleptic before, so finally merely forced medicated me for a just medically proven non-existant UTI. The drug made my heart feel like it was going to stop, so I was only forced to take two of the Ciprofloxacin pills. And I was claimed to be suffering from “adjustment disorder.”

    One of the social workers handed me a bible, and told me I should be a Christian. I told her Saiyed had drugged me up for belief in God three years earlier, and I was a Christian. The psychiatric industry has run amok. And the police should not take people to hospitals for peacefully lying in a park, watching cloud formations.

    • I’ve concluded we’re now living in a society controlled by the psychopathic corporations and banks our founding fathers warned us about:

      http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/private-banks-quotation

      And a former Econ professor of mine also claims should not be controlling society in his book, based upon the flaws in current economic theory:

      http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=6835

      And it seems others are now awakening to the to the same “delusions” / conclusions I was drugged for having in 2001 as well, based upon reading some Alternate articles today.

      Let’s hope someday common decency prevails, and we get the psychopaths who’ve seeming taken control of our planet, and are defaming and drugging the insightful, off the planet.

      • Pardon the autocorrect error on my computer,

        Alternet, not Alternate articles.

        And I’ll mention that I do not seem to be able to mention the Guantanamo Bay psychological crimes against humanity on Facebook to my brilliant child who has chosen, to my dismay, psychology as a major. Although I do agree we need to get smart people into the psychological field who do not agree with the current psychiatric philosophy.

        • I don’t know when it did become a crime to lie on your back and stare at the clouds. I take long walks in my down my street and talk to the birds, the trees, and the cats. I wave to my neighbors and how ask them how they are today. The cats and birds do not run from me; but sit and listen to me. The trees are rather stationary; but, they listen. Should I be worried? I believe in God. I pray. I read the Bible. Perhaps, my most grievous sin may be that I mistakenly majored in psychology in college and although some meds had been introduced; the full scale drugging and numbing of America to oblivion and violence that the police relish had not yet totally occurred. Maybe, at least, then, there was hope; now lost… now lost…

          • I also study the spiritual and living message of the Native Americans; another proud group of humans so deceitfully and horribly hurt, damaged, and nearly eradicated from their precious homes. They fought back with the strength and courage that can only inspire us in our fight. There is much to learn from the Native American, and also the Cowboy, Cowgirl, Mountain Man, and frontiersmen and women. They are our strength and heritage and give us hope in this theft of our souls, selves, spirits, and bodies!

  2. I live in Australia. My neighbour has not been well for a long time. He often has bad periods where he smashes up his home. The community mental health, put him on tablets, yet they do not seem to care when this happens. The police get called, and they have been the kindest gentlest people, talking to him, and yet, again allowing him to collect some items, and taking back to hospital. i am so sure our police have more urgent things to attend to. Where is our mental health service?

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