Cops don’t know how to deal with mental illness, and it’s a huge problem

Source: Joanna Rothkopf, Salon, August 21, 2014

Half of all Americans killed by police every year are mentally ill. … The stigmatization and lack of information surrounding mental illness directly affects the criminal justice system, resulting in inadequate treatment, inappropriate prison time and numerous deaths at the hands of police. Prisons are home to 10 times more mentally ill Americans than state psychiatric hospitals. …