Target: Charlie Beck, LAPD Chief of Police
Goal: Reduce excessive and unnecessary shootings of mentally ill people by improving police training.
More than one-third of people shot by Los Angeles police in the past year were mentally ill, according to recent data released by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). That number has doubled since the previous year. The report specifies that there were 38 people struck by LAPD bullets in 2015 and that 14 of them, or 37 percent, showed signs of mental illness.
Most of these shootings could possibly have been avoided if police were better educated on handling people suffering from mental illness. While some appear to become violent when feeling threatened, learning a set of de-escalation tactics could keep both the officers and the mentally ill citizens safe.
Sign the petition below to demand that a training plan for recognizing and dealing with mentally ill people is implemented immediately.
Dear Chief Beck,
According to a recently released report, nearly 40 percent of individuals shot by the LAPD in 2015 showed signs of mental illness. It’s likely that a large number of these shootings could have been avoided if the officers involved had received training on de-escalating situations involving people with mental illnesses.
Depending on the illness, some people suffering from a mental illness appear to become violent when scared or feeling trapped. Training in proper de-escalation techniques would help avoid injuries for both civilians and officers.
We demand training in properly communicating with mentally ill people is implemented to protect citizens and police.
[Your Name Here]
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