LAPD to Receive Training on Mentally Ill
"It's my belief and my hope that we can reduce violent confrontations with people with suspected mental illness," said Lt. Rick Wall.
The move was prompted in part by the killing of transient Margaret Mitchell in 1999. The City Council eventually paid her family a $975,000 wrongful death settlement.
Police officials agreed to a consent decree to avoid federal litigation on what officials said was a pattern of civil rights abuses going back decades.
For the mental health portion of the decree, Wall also established a crisis-intervention team to work to see that the mentally ill receive treatment rather than jail.
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