Milwaukee Called Slow In Fixing Police Handling Of The Mentally Ill

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In the 11 months since the death of a man named Dontre Hamilton at police hands, Milwaukee police have intensified efforts to improve dealings with people with mental illness. Mental health advocates tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Milwaukee County officials have a long way to go to catch up with best practices from other cities. Milwaukee will train every officer in crisis intervention skills by the end of 2017. In the meantime, advocates say police and mental health administrators have not been aggressive enough despite early success in pairing police officers with mental health professionals.

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