It seems a day doesn’t pass where we don’t read some horror story about excessive and unnecessary police force, which ultimately results in the unfortunate loss of life. It took the brutal shooting and killing of Ferguson’s Michael Brown to finally get the nation talking about the growing militarization and brutality of our police force, which is a good thing, but what good is it if these incidents keep happening?
A Florida mother was left dumbfounded after her 24-year-old son, suffering from mental health issues, was tazed and shot to death by police. Last week, Juanita Donald called 9-1-1 in an effort to get assistance in having her mentally distressed son taken to an area mental health facility like she had previously done before, according to WCTV. But according to law enforcement, who pretend to investigate their own for appearances but ultimately give sociopathic cops a paid vacation (IE, paid leave), they naturally absolved the offending police officer.
‘A struggle ensued and from that point during the altercation and suspect is now deceased,’ said Investigator Ulysses Jenkins of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s office. (FreeThoughtProject)
Of course Juanita’s account is vastly different, which is why recording police is so vital to one’s, case as so many stories have shown.
‘(He) just grabbed him and he tased him. Then when he grabbed him and tased [sic] him, he rushed my son off in the bathroom and I heard three shots. I was like, you shot my son and he was like, I had to. I said, no, you didn’t have to,’ according to Donald. (FreeThoughtProject)
It also seems that Juanita’s son was not armed at the time of the incident. However, Charles Brown, the offending officer in question, still felt compelled to use deadly force when other options were clearly viable.
‘It wasn’t but one officer. Instead of him calling for backup, he took things in his own hands and he goes in the house and he rush him and shoot him,’ said Donald.’I heard my baby say, I want my mama after he shot him, and then I didn’t hear anything else.’ (FreeThoughtProject)
Alas, cases involving mental health and the police often don’t end pretty. For example, a few weeks back we learned of a Utah man who called a suicide prevention hotline, only to have a SWAT team show up and kill him. Much like we cannot rely on the politicians we elect, we can’t rely on the people sworn to protect and serve us. So in the event of a family member having a mental health issue, it might be best to have a neighbor or someone else trusted to handle the situation.
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H/T: Free Thought Project