Friday, April 24, 2015

Mentally Ill People vs Police

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/23/supreme-court-considers-impact-of-disability-law-on-police/21156315/?icid=maing-grid7|htmlws-main-bb|dl1|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D631833

The Supreme Court is trying to figure out of the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to police officers who are trying to arrest mentally ill people.  There are advocates who say that the police should make a reasonable accommodation for those with mental illness.  They say that police should use less force when dealing with mentally ill people.

This argument is absurd on it's face.  First, police can't reasonably know if someone is mentally ill, on drugs, or willfully misbehaving.  Police can't be expected to endanger themselves and the public in order to accommodate mentally ill people.

What we really need is better care for the mentally ill.  Many of them need to be locked up.  Many need to have medications that last longer than one day.  Many need to be off the street, rather than wandering homeless; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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