The San Antonio police's strategy for responding to calls involving people who are mentally ill is being hailed as a national model amid rising anger over police brutality toward and high incarceration rates of people with mental health issues, reports Al Jazzera America. This month, sheriff's deputies responded to a call from a woman whose son, who had refused to take his medication, was aggressive and threatening. Officers who specialize in mental health were sent to speak to the man calmly, with the goal of de-escalating the situation. They maintained a patient, unhurried demeanor . . .
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