We are using police, criminal courts, jails and prisons to deal with the mentally ill Americans. This case is egregious in my opinion.
This seems like such a commonplace problem. Someone has a mental breakdown and then we read about him or her getting shot, often killed, by police. As the article said, couldn’t the police have tackled the unarmed boy of 13, or even tasered him.
There has to be a better way to handle those of us who need help rather than killing or warehousing them. I think this is what “defund” policing really means. Moving resources for better trained professionals to handle domestic disputes, arguments, and mentally ill people acting out. Bring in the troops only when there are no other alternatives or lives are at stake.
In a way, it is a matter of national security. It diminishes our trust in government to handle situations that are not the fault of the person and protect the citizenry from the delusional. 5% or 10% of the defense budget could fund this so easily if more money is needed.