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Deadly Force: Cops Look for Answers in Policing the Mentally Ill

By Kiara Burwell

 

Courtesy Photo: California residents march following the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill many beaten by police in Fullereton in Orange County. He died from the wounds five days after being hospitalized.

Courtesy Photo: California residents march following the death of Kelly Thomas,
a mentally ill many beaten by police in Fullereton in Orange County. He died
from the wounds five days after being hospitalized.

There was a different outcome a few months earlier in New York City. A police sergeant, responding to a 911 call last October about an emotionally disturbed person in a Bronx apartment building, shot and killed Deborah Danner, 66.   He said she threatened him with a baseball bat.

The shooting sparked outrage, including from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  De Blasio, reprimanded the officer and called Danner’s death “tragic” and “unacceptable.”

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