07/09/2009

Philly police shooting raises questions of how to deal with the mentally ill

By Jennifer Lin
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Advocates for the mentally ill are questioning why Philadelphia police used lethal force against a homeless man Friday instead of calling in a special crisis-intervention team trained to deal with people with mental illness.

Police yesterday identified the victim, shot to death by two officers near the Municipal Services Building in Center City, as 59-year-old Morgan Mumford. His last known address was the city-run Ridge Avenue Shelter, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a department spokesman.

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