Tag: Mental Illness in America

Mental Illness: America’s Own Lethal Weapon
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Mental Illness: America’s Own Lethal Weapon

All together, in 2015, more than 950 people in total have died by either the hands of police or police gunfire as a whole.  For a country that prides itself on internal safety, that's allot. Of those 950, roughly 32 were black and unarmed.  Race, although typically and largely a factor in a large portion of police killings -- there's another factor in police killings that is often ignored entirely. A new study released last week by a Virginia non-profit organization brought up an interesting piece of information making the case for more research and discussion into mental health. According to the study, people with "untreated mental illness" are roughly 16 times more likely to die at the hands of police rather than those generally without. A likely (or at least one of the causes t...
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