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When a mentally ill person is not receiving the proper care or medication, it may be necessary to call the cops to intervene.
Individuals suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorders are not easily calmed down or treated by average civilians, even though they may have their best interests in mind. In many cases, calling the police may be the best option.
So how should you deal with calling the cops when someone is mentally ill?
It's unfortunate, but often those shot and killed by the police are suffering from mental illnesses. San Francisco's KQED reports that more than half of those fatally shot by the San Francisco Police Department from 2005 to 2013 had mental illnesses.
Keeping that in mind, here are some tips to consider when calling police on someone who's mentally ill:
Ultimately, you may not be able to control what kind of force police use to restrain a mentally ill person, and they may even open fire if necessary.
Hopefully the police will not resort to deadly force to restrain a mentally ill person, and there are several non-lethal ways law enforcement can help. These include:
Hopefully if everyone keeps cool, the mentally ill can get help without being injured or killed by police.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.