- Adam Hudson, A Black Man Is Killed in the U.S. Every 28 Hours By Police
A significant portion of those killed, 68 people or 22%, suffered from mental health issues and/or were self-medicated. The study says that “[m]any of them might be alive today if community members trained and committed to humane crisis intervention and mental health treatment had been called, rather than the police.”
This is the full section on “Mental Health Issues” from the study:
"A significant proportion of the 313 were killed because they suffered from mental health problems and/or were self-medicated (intoxicated) and behaved in ways the police thought they could not control.
- 68 people or 22% had diagnosed mental health problems or had been self-medicating. Many of them might be alive today if community members trained and committed to humane crisis intervention and mental health treatment had been called, rather than the police.
- 12 people or 4% behaved in ways that indicated they had mental health problems and/or were self-medicated, even though these conditions were not explicitly documented. The number of people with mental health problems or people who were “high” is probably much higher than this estimation. Too many of the 313 killed people behaved in ways that might be labeled “crazy.”
- Whether the percentage of people with mental health problems who are killed by police is 22%, 26%, or 50%*, we must conclude that police kill an unacceptable number of people because they “feel threatened” and perceive they cannot control them.”
*The footnote for the 50% statistic reads: “A recent article by Natasha Lennard at (x) reported that 50% of those killed by police were mentally ill. But that conclusion is based on a convenience sample of only a few cities and states. It also includes people of all races. It is possible that the disproportionately fewer number of white people who are shot include a higher percentage of mentally ill and a lower percentage of people whose deadly encounters begin because of ‘walking while Black’ or ‘driving while Black.’”
The study also goes on to mention that “56 (19% of 313) deadly encounters began with calls to 9-1-1 to seek help with emotionally disturbed household members.”
On a different note, the title of the article is misleading: it states that a black man is killed every 28 hours by police, while the full report highlights that 23 of the 313 black people killed were women, which I think is important not to overlook.
The full report is here.
Okay there’s a lot of different posts with multiple links each on how to help and some of them overlap so I’m just gonna compile all the relevant links I can think of here:
- Share this post on how to make a tear gas mask
- Share this post on your rights and how to react/respond when you are approached by legal authorities
- Donate to/share the legal fund for arrested Ferguson protesters
- Attend one of/share info for the National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality vigils
- Donate to/share #FeedFerguson, which will help feed families and children who get most of their food from school (which has been closed until further notice)
- Donate to/share the Michael Brown Memorial Fund
- Watch/Share videos of the events in Ferguson
- Read/Share these related and/or directly relevant articles
- Read/Share this post listing details of the five most widely observed instances of racist police violence in the past three weeks
- Sign this petition to prompt President Obama to enact new federal laws to protect citizens from police violence/misconduct
Contact the Ferguson Police Department and seek information on those being detained, the protests, legal procedures, etc.
Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site)
222 S. Florissant Road Ferguson, MO 63135
Ph: 314-522-3100 Fx: 314-524-5290
- DO NOT reblog photos of Mike Brown’s body lying on the street. His family has requested that these photos not be spread around. Please respect their wishes.
Very importantly, stay alert. Read everything you can on the subject. The reports on The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and other news outlets are very limited, especially because the police in Ferguson are going to great lengths to keep reporters out. Seek out what you can online and from first hand sources, if you know anyone in the area. Listen to the stories of those who have been affected by this tragedy and other similar ones. Educate yourself as much as you possibly can so you can help make sure the right people are heard.