10/13/2011

Cops criticized over handling of mentally ill

Latest fatal incident blamed on lack of training

The Toronto Star

TORONTO — While Toronto police response to mentally ill assailants has improved over the years, mental health advocates argue not enough is being done to prevent unnecessary deaths, even after numerous recommendations by inquests.

The fatal confrontation between 52-year-old Sylvia Klibingaitis, shot dead outside her North York home on Oct. 7 after allegedly wielding a knife in front of police, is the fourth fatal confrontation between Toronto police and the mentally ill since 2008 - and at least the 14th since 1988.

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