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Philadelphia shooting is just the latest case in a long history of mental health crisis calls that turned deadly in the US

October 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

When Walter Wallace, Jr. was shot and killed Monday in a fatal police shooting, one detail stuck out: He had bipolar disorder, and his family said he was in crisis when the shooting occurred.

In March, 41-year-old Daniel Prude was having a mental health episode when his brother called the Rochester Police Department for help, his family said.

He lost his life because of the actions of our police officers," Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said Chavez had been incapacitated by multiple Taser cartridges, bean bags and three gunshots before the four officers fired -- after he was down -- a total of 21 shots in the final moments of a 15-minute encounter.

Of the five people who called 911 that day, four told dispatchers Hall had mental health problems, according to recordings released by police late last June.

Before the 911 calls were made, his mother said, she had also been communicating with the police and told them he had mental health problems.

Golda Barton called the Salt Lake City police in September to ask for a crisis intervention team to help her son, 13-year-old Linden Cameron, who has Asperger syndrome and was experiencing what she described as a "mental breakdown. "

When police arrived, Barton said, her son ran away.

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