A Different Kind of Force—Policing Mental Illness | NBC Left Field

A Different Kind of Force—Policing Mental Illness | NBC Left Field

Radio: 32-62 Radio: We’re getting information that she may be around this location… Radio: 370 on the way. Ernie: Ok, who’s he? Who are these people? Officer: Uh, this is her husband. Ernie: Hey, how you doing? Hey. Officer Stevens. Ernie. Louis: Louis Ernie: Hey Louis, my partner Gabe. Gabe: Hello sir. Ernie: How long has she been acting this way? Louis: It’s been since Saturday. She just believes that I’m having an affair and that I
have a woman that I’ve gotten pregnant in our ceiling. Hiding. Ernie: I’m sorry you’re having a bad day. Woman: It’s been the past four days. Ernie: Past four days have been bad? Woman: Yes sir. Ernie: Ok, well, we’re here because we don’t want you to have any more bad days. Right? We want to get you some help. In the police academy we had no training on what it was like to deal with someone that was mentally ill or in a crisis. I was probably the last
officer that you wanted to help a loved one that was in a mental health crisis. Woman: She’s watching us sleep. And I told him I could be in the living room I can hear y’all’s whole conversation. Ernie: So you actually hear this girl… Woman: I hear both of them. Ernie: Okay. But now in the mental health unit every single call we’re responding to is a mental health crisis. Ernie: I’m not sure, do you hear her right now as we’re talking? Woman: He’s talking to her… Ernie: He’s talking to her? Cause he’s actually out by… Woman: If you want to go to my room over here… Ernie: You want me to go to your room? Woman: I just don’t want to say it loud because he’s gonna shut up. Ernie: Are you hearing? You hearing it right now? Cause I don’t… Woman: He’s telling her, I need her here. Ernie: Ok I don’t hear anything. I’m sorry. I don’t. I’m just being honest with you. I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m not saying that I don’t believe that you
don’t hear him. I believe it is very real for you. I just don’t hear anything right now. Woman: I don’t want to go anywhere. Ernie: I know you don’t. Woman: I didn’t do nothing wrong. Ernie: You’re right. You didn’t do anything wrong. Woman: I’m getting kicked out of my own house because somebody don’t come out. Ernie: You’re extremely agitated right
now and stressed out. Woman: I’m fine. I’m just broken. I’m shattered. My whole heart is shattered. Ernie: Okay, you’re using words like shattered and broken, okay, if you were my sister, okay, there’s no way I would leave you in this condition.
There’s no way. Officer: Drop that for me. Officer: Drop it! Officer: Drop it! Jon: More conservative estimates say that those suffering from a mental illness account for almost 1/4 of all fatalities involving law enforcement. This slide identifies
every single officer-involved shooting. All of those that are identified in red
showed some sign of mental illness. Is there a crisis in the United States when
it comes to mental health issues? Absolutely. Joe: People with mental illness are overrepresented in every aspect of the criminal justice system. So I work on a specialized unit that only deals with
people in a mental health crisis. Almost everything about how I respond to calls
goes against what most would believe. I’m in plainclothes. I drive an unmarked car. My weapon is concealed. And for the last nine years the only weapon that I’ve used is my ability to communicate. Tre: No, I’m a police officer just like him. I don’t want to say we do unconventional policing. We just approach certain situations differently. Woman: No, no. Woman: I know you do. James: You know you’re going to deal with someone in crisis that night. You know that someone’s gonna need your help. Ernie: San Antonio police, are you okay? Chris: Police have a misconception of mental health. Alma: I want the old Chris. Those voices just have
total control of him. He don’t trust anybody. Mr. Crump: Mental illness is not unique to the United States of America. What is unique is this dynamic of unarmed citizens being killed by the people who are
supposed to protect and serve us. Marketta: Is that the first thing that they think of is to pull their weapon and shoot somebody? No one with mental illness deserves to
die because they’re already dying inside. Suffering. Joe: We have to change the way culturally that we look at how we succeed in police work. I have an opportunity every single time I’m called to change somebody’s perspective. [Music] James: There was an incident that happened in Memphis Tennessee with a young man who was fatally shot during an encounter
with police and he had mental illness and the department in Memphis realized that there needed to be a program to deal with these types of folks. How to interact with somebody with a mental illness. How to talk to somebody with a mental illness. It prompted police department across the nation to start to deal with those folks in our community. [Music] There are a lot of folks that are locked
up in prison. They have an underlying mental health issue.
Our goal is to try to keep these folks out of jail. James: We got some updates saying that he was asking someone to shoot him? Who is he telling that to? James: Well here’s the thing Christopher you’ve got a lot of people here because they’re concerned about some things you said. That’s why we’re out here. James: Do you hit walls when you get upset? James: Right there? You did that today? Tre: If a police officer feels that you’re an imminent threat to yourself we can detain you to see a doctor. That’s essentially what an emergency
detention is. James: I’m gonna be honest with you man. I’m a straight shooter with you. I think we need to go back to the hospital tonight. Tre: It’s not an arrest. Even though we put
handcuffs on you if we have to. It doesn’t go on arrest record. The police
report is protected by HIPAA so you have privacy rights. James: Christopher you made threats to shoot yourself. James: Okay, I’m going to go get some shoes for you, okay. I’ll be back. Joe: The choice of you deciding if we’re gonna go or not go that’s been removed. You’re gonna go. How we leave here is up
to you. Where we go is up to you. If you have a facility you’d like to go to tell
me. James: I can’t I can’t… We’re gonna make a phone call and see what we can get you. Joe: If you want to fight and me call more people and we have to carry you out and break half your stuff in the house then let’s
do it. I don’t want to do that and you know you don’t want to do that. James: You didn’t do anything wrong. James: We just don’t want the wrong response to come out here because you’re punching holes and stuff. Tre: We’re just gonna close the door nice and slow. Okay? Yes sir.
[Music] Tre: I think that ended up going really well. He went from 100 to 0, not 0 to 100. James: Okay sir. Let’s go and walk through
this single door over here and then we’ll get you right to the ER. Okay? Perfect. Tre: See. I told you we’d get you to an ER. James: I get frustrated with the system and
the fact that there’s just not enough resources for a mental health. And it’s
frustrating because it’s become a police matter. Because it has become a police matter
we’re expected to fix the situation. The reality is we can’t fix every
situation. Jon: From 1955 to 1977 the number of people in state hospitals suffering from mental illness dropped from 75% to 7%. What happened to all those people? Where did they go? I mean they just didn’t disappear. When
they were released from the hospitals they were released to the community.
Problem was there was no groundwork for it. There was no local mental health
authority. We moved them from the state hospitals to the penal system which now
became the largest provider of mental health services in the country. Basically what happened with deinstitutionalization was the people that were in the hospitals were released into the society and told to fend for yourself. [Music] Chris: And I hate when they put messages and little writings and sayings and crap like on my head just because they want to
play around and make fun of me. They put sensors in me and stuff to make
me shake and wobble like if I’m wired or something. And I’m not. [Music] Martha: The police have come here several times and they know Christopher on a
first-name basis and they also know me on a first-name basis because of the
amount of times that they’ve gone over to the home. Chris: She’s the one making my life
worse and miserable. Her and my grandma they’re the worst people ever. The doctors said I was bipolar depressive and major depressive. They labeled me schizophrenic because of the hearing aids they put in me. And I barely got
labeled schizophrenic because of these. Martha: I just saw that. That just happened last night. It’s a burn from the lighter. So I don’t like him you know
with matches or with any kind of lighters. Alma: I want the old Chris. Alma: Yeah. The one we used to have fun. Alma: Chris is a great guy. He is funny. He’s generous and for him to go through all this it hurts. You know these voices just took over his
whole life. He don’t trust anybody. Chris: I see a picture that looks like a man
and not my grandma. That’s not my grandma. Take off the hair that’s a man. Female filmmaker: Chris I’m wondering – are you okay
that I’m filming you? Chris: I don’t mind. I don’t mind. I’ll let you do this. It don’t
bother me because I need to get this off my chest. Female filmmaker: I asked him if it was okay if I filmed and he said: “yeah, you can film, I need to get this off my chest” Martha: Oh he did? Okay well then good. Thank you. There’s a lot of heartless people here. A lot. Or maybe a lot of people that just aren’t educated enough as to the illness.
They don’t have the medication to calm them down so they act erratic and you,
you, wouldn’t know that unless you were told. Like I told him – I said someone’s gonna
you know hurt you. You know they might not know that you’re not all there and
you can get hurt just like that boy that was in Houston. They really didn’t
understand what he was going through. News reporter: Cellphone video that surfaced
shows Thomas walking towards the deputy with his pants around his ankles. The
deputy had ordered Thomas to stop and when he continued forward the deputy
shot and killed Thomas. It was found that Thomas did not have a weapon.
Deputy Brewer was carrying a taser at the time of the shooting but didn’t use
it. Sheriff Gonzalez: Any loss of life is always of serious serious concern. From his immediate
actions it looked like something was going on, some kind of crisis situation
was happening at the time with him. Thomas had a history of mental illness.
Marketta Thomas says her brother was having trouble dealing with a family
tragedy. His wife stands accused of drowning
their two children. Marketta: You could have tased him. You clearly could have tased him. He wasn’t trying to hit you, he wasn’t trying to shoot you, he wasn’t trying to do anything. Marketta: Danny lived with me here. I got his
clothes over there in the bucket. I haven’t touched that because how it’s
folded in there is exactly how he folded it. I wear some of his stuff just
to kind of like feel close to him. Marketta: That day of the shooting, like, I was
inside Walmart five to ten minutes away from the location. I just get this phone call –
they’re like your brother’s in trouble your brother’s going to jail. And I hear
these people in the background like screaming screaming screaming. I’m just like
what is, like, is it that serious? Like what’s going on? And then I
get like this real horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I just felt like my whole
spirit lost my body that day. I just felt so empty and numb. My whole life
changed. We grew up together. We were very close. We kept each other on track for like so long and I think he kind of like put his feelings aside and his emotions
aside to make sure that I was okay. He always wanted to be tough and put on
that exterior, like okay, but he went through a traumatic experience losing
his kids and deep down inside like he was broken. Marketta: How’s school? I want to tell you about this jacket. It’s too hot. Sean: Oh, come on. Marketta: Hi Mila. Sean: It’s my jacket! Marketta: How’s school? Mila: Good. Marketta: Since everything happened with his uncle Danny he’s just, you know, his schoolwork has taken a little bit. I think he’s trying to still
process it. [Music] Mr. Crump: Statistics bear out that if you’re
mentally ill and you’re black that you already have two strikes against you
when you encounter law enforcement. Just because you are having a mental ill crisis
does not mean you should encounter the death penalty executed by a police
officer on a street corner. We will be looking at the training of
this deputy as well. Marketta: I just hope and pray that my brother’s life is justified and not swept under the rug. No one with mental illness deserves to die because they’re
already dying inside suffering. I’m asking you to please give my brother
justice and his children. [Music] Ernie: I would venture to say that at some
point somebody that has a mental illness has been mistreated by law enforcement.
Is that a fair statement? Absolutely it is. Our job is to try to change that on
our side. Okay? Our job is to try to break the stigma,
try to teach better skills, try to teach better outcomes. Jon: My goal here is that no
one in this room ends up as the next viral YouTube sensation. When you go out
and you handle a consumer that’s in crisis and you talk to them and you
de-escalate them and you put them in your car is that gonna end up on YouTube?
No. Nobody wants to see that. They want to see those first responders that get out
there and yell and scream and go hands-on and fight with them. That’s what
ends up on YouTube. [Music] James: Today we’re gonna talk about active
listening, how that applies to you, what you guys do every day. All of us in here have made a mental health or a mental disturbance call at some point. Communication is a basic tactical skill in crisis intervention. Tre: Crisis intervention training, it trains you to recognize when someone is in crisis. When
you recognize there’s a mental health component and instead of just grabbing
them tacking to the ground you’re trying to talk to them and get them to get help. James: My homeroom teacher called y’all man? I’m sorry she wasted y’all’s time man. You know what? I made one silly comment earlier, just kind of venting, and she took it way too far. James: Couple weeks ago, man, I slid in to
second and shattered my ankle in several places so I just found out today I lost my
scholarship. I had a full scholarship to go play ball. I have no backup plan like
that was it. Go to college play ball go pro. That was it. And all I said was you
know what I just wish I was dead. You know that what’s the point of living I
can’t play baseball no more. James: Good job man! When we get in a situation where we’re suicidal we get tunnel vision so all I kept thinking about was my failure I was think about myself. I wasn’t even
thinking about my mom. So you’re giving me options to kind of get me out of that
phase man. And you can’t tell me what what’s best for me as far as a plan. I’m
gonna have to figure that out. But like you said you’re giving me some options to start
thinking about. So that was good. In order to get anybody to do anything you
ask them to do you got to build some type of rapport. If it’s done properly
it’s reassuring and you’re gonna establish an understanding about the
person that you’re dealing with. Student: Is something bothering you at work?
Something going on at work? Joe: I don’t know what you want from me. I didn’t do anything wrong. Student: No you… Joe: I chose… Joe: Can I talk? Student: Yes, sir. Joe: Thank you. You’d ask me a question. It’s a good open-ended question and I’m giving you an answer and as I’m talking you would interrupt me to ask me something else and completely throw me off. I know your intentions are good. I know that you are you’re trying to get to the bottom of it but it feels like you’re trying to rush to the cause
because you want to fix it. Tre: There’s a difference between when you hear somebody and you’re listening to them. Hearing is an action and listening is a
process. Tre: Whoa, whoa, whoa, back up. You’re not the FBI I called the FBI last Tuesday and they weren’t there. Tre: I’ve seen you before. You’re part of that red light team back in the 20’s. I remember you. Tre: You ever notice that there are little focuses? When you get that window of like somebody’s paying attention to you can you say focus on me focus on me. Ernie: Christopher Lopez! Joe: CIT is great. It’s 40 hours. I think 40 hours of mental health training in a police academy that is seven and a half months long isn’t long enough. I
think we should do six to eight weeks of training. I think we should spend a vast
majority of our time perfecting communication and then you can spend a
little bit of time training them on how to shoot your gun because most officers
go their entire career never doing that. Tre: Hey that was a real call that I went on. They get interesting.
[Music] James: And does he have a mental health
diagnosis of any sorts like James: And is he taking his
medications as prescribed or does he have access to any? James: Is he making any type of suicidal statements or statements to harm other people as well? James: Is he hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there, experiencing those type of hallucinations? James: ok. Tre: Again my name is Trey so what you’re telling me Chris is these
people are beating you up right there, they’re putting charges on you,
they’re stealing your SIM cards. How long has it been going on? Tre: Nine years? That’s that’s a lot of stress man. You look a little tired Chris. Tre: So Chris what we’d like
to do tonight, Chris, is is take you… Tre: I do respect that you know you don’t want to go anywhere but unfortunately Chris you know… Tre: You do have a
choice in how you go okay… We don’t want to put you in handcuffs… Tre: don’t want you to get hurt. I don’t want to get hurt. Okay? Tre: Okay. We have to go. James: Just relax man, just relax… James: Just relax man, just relax, just relax… Just relax. [Groans] Tre: Relax Chirs, relax. Tre: I don’t want to hurt you man. Officer: We don’t want to hurt you. Okay? Alright. [Screams] Tre: Alright Chris. Ok. We just want to see you get in front of a doctor. Okay? Tre: Yes. Serrano. Officer: Watch your step guys. Chris: Get Tre arrested! Tre: We just want to see you get help man. That’s all it was. All right Chris. James: Let me get MEDCOM added and we’ll get him going. Tre: See that’s why I do Jiu-Jitsu man. Then I don’t have to use that much force just get his hands and that’s it. He was strong. Officer: My concern was the dog… James: Officer Williams 1725. Was calling to see if we
could take a patient to the hospital he is a bit combative. Having some
mental decompensation. Tre: I know we had to take him to the ground but I was just trying not to hurt him make sure he didn’t hurt us. Tre: Yes ma’am yes ma’am.
usually when he goes to the hospital Tre: I don’t think they’ll release him in the
morning. Even though we took her son to the ground even though we had to use force to put him into handcuffs then basically lift him and carry him out of
the house she still thanked me for the way I talked to him and that is the
bread and butter of why we do what we do is because these people are not
criminal. They just, they have an illness. I guarantee you he won’t remember us though. James: No he won’t he was so
decompensated. Tre: But the family will for sure. Tre: Chris, I respect that you don’t wanna be
here man I know you don’t want to be here. Chris: No, if you were to respect and you would have left
me alone. Tre: But we’re just trying to get you some help man. Chris: No
you’re not, no you’re not. Tre: For somebody that said you should have left him there. Why have a conflict and fight him on the ground to get him into the hospital when you could
have just left him there. My response is he’s not getting any
better if anything he’s gonna get worse and when mental illnesses get worse
their delusions get larger and they get more vivid. That is way too much of a
potential for other people to get hurt [Music] Tre: Okay just relax Chris. We’re almost. Get you into a room and get you settled. James: Hello. Alright. Tre: Alright Chris. Just relax man. [Beep] [Music] Marketta: We’re headed back to the DA’s office to
see where we’re at in the process of the case. I’m hoping they give me some
answers and not you know yet again like we’re doing the best that we can. I just
don’t feel too confident in a lot of things that law enforcement is doing.
Officers are protected to the fullest extent by law enforcement.
I feel like this guy’s still being protected even though he’s not employed
with law enforcement anymore. Marketta: I know it was hard for you I know it’s hard for you Sean but he thought
uncle Danny was gonna harm him he. Marketta: We know uncle Danny didn’t mean no harm we
know. We know uncle Danny was not that type of guy. We don’t know what was going
on with Cameron. Why did he take a broken man’s life. Right now my job is to
prepare you guys for the world out there because it’s not gonna be easy for you
and I say you because of the color of your skin. And this is very hurtful for
me because my son wanted to be a police officer. Now he says mom I don’t want to
be that police officer that kills people like they did my uncle Danny. He said
that he don’t he don’t want to harm innocent people Joe: You can break down every deadly force
encounter in this country with law enforcement – it all comes down to in that
moment that officer was afraid and they reacted some overreacted. [Music] Jon: Am I gonna sit up here and tell you that
when you deal with somebody that’s in crisis that we’re not gonna use force on
them that we can talk everybody down absolutely not.
Let’s be honest there are some people that we need to go hands-on with there
are some people that need to be tased and the reality is that unfortunately
it’s some people need to be shot. Ernie: Alright, let’s go see how you do. A lot of people don’t know how police departments are trained. We are trained to shoot to stop the
threat. Hey! Put the gun down! Put the gun down! Put it down! Put it down! Don’t do it! Don’t do it! Don’t do it! Put it down! Put it down! We are not trained to shoot somebody in the leg. We’re not trained to shoot the knife out of your hand. I’m sorry this is not an episode of TJ
Hooker this is real life. Actor: Watch me and everything that I do. I’m so sick and tired of you guys. Gabe: Just want to talk to you. Put the knife down. Actor: What are you going to do? Ernie: Relax! Just put, put the knife down. Actor: Ok. Ok. I’ll do whatever you want. I don’t like it. I’ll do it. Ernie: Thank you. You know if you’re if you’re not
protecting yourself or somebody else you could be killed that day. Officer: It could go the other way too. Here we go. Do it the other way now. Actor: What are you going to do? Ernie: You’re not in trouble. Put the knife down. Actor: I’m so sick and tired of you guys. Ernie: Put the knife down! Actor: What are you going to do? I don’t want anymore of your crap! Yeah. That’s what I’m talking about! [Shots] Interviewer: It seems like a contradiction like what you
have to do on a daily basis you find your hip have the power to end someone’s
life but yet what you’re trying to do is save someone’s life. And so uh. Those are. You know like how do you… Tre: So I think me walking into a situation, I have the power to I guess essentially end
someone’s life. But I don’t see this as something to end somebody’s life I see
this as a tool to stop a threat and I think just from training and constant
courses I always see I see a firearm as a tool to stop a threat so I think once
it becomes that language it’s not so much that I look at a person… I don’t… I
want… I think I was gonna say I don’t look as a person as a person… I do see
them as a person but I I’m more so just I you know I I think I just put on my
cop hat and see people as… I don’t know… I don’t know how to answer that. Joe: The reality is that if we wake up we can’t
undo what’s been done law enforcement is very much involved in
the front lines of people at their worst in a crisis. Should the rules of engagement change because someone is mentally ill? Ernie: Gun gun gun! Put the gun
down Marcus! Get to cover! Get to cover! Put it down! Actor: Back off! Ernie: We will. Just put the gun down so we can talk to you. Marketta: If I had a family member that was going through a mental breakdown I would not call the police I would not. Ernie: I can talk to you better if you put the gun down. Let’s just talk about this for a second. You’re alright. Actor: Leave me alone! Ernie: You’re ok! Marketta: Knowing what I know now. Why would you when you know what they’re capable of doing. Ernie: It’s ok Marcus. Gabe: We just wanna help you Marcus. Put the gun down. Let’s help you. [Music] Jon: Why do we have a crisis with mental
health? It’s money like everything else. Texas is 48th in the nation when it
comes to mental health spending. If you have an unfunded patient with no
insurance who pays for that? You can’t expect the private agencies to
pay for it without support and still survive because there’s a lot of people
with mental illness with no insurance but let’s be honest that takes money.
There’s got to be money available. Spending for mental health services has
continually been cut. These are all the different things that have led up to why
we’re seeing an increase in the number of calls we get why we’re dealing with
people with mental crisis. [Music] Ernie: Hey brother, this is the SARIC BOLO that went out for the guy that threatened to shoot police officers. I’ve
got a couple officers coming with me in plainclothes. Alright so the backstory on this guy is he posted a bunch of stuff on
Facebook. This post right here: “I was thinking you know if I was willing to
kill a cop today you know what’s gonna happen”. He posted a picture of himself
holding a gun with his birthday and then his R.I.P rest in peace date of it being
2018. Okay. We’ll approach him. I’ll tell him keep his just his hands up and once he’s
clear then we’re gonna just build rapport with him. If he has a weapon
inside the apartment we’re gonna go ahead and do a seizure on that weapon.
His mom informed us that he has bipolar disorder and that really he just needs
help. I hope he remains calm. Gabe: There he is. Ernie: Yup, yup, yup. Ernie: So he’s got his hands in front of him. Good. Ernie: Hey Larry.
I’m the one you talked to on the phone Me and my partner Gabe. Okay. Gabe: Hey Larry. I’m Gabe. Ernie: Ok. No weapons on you right now? Larry: No, no sir. Ernie: Do you mind if we check? Ok, just a phone. Your mental health – where have you received treatment in the past? Ernie: Because your mom said that was part of the struggle is that you’re having
difficulty and seeing a doctor because money is an issue and all that. Ernie: But what we saw was the threats were
really a cry for help. I mean that’s what that was I was you asking for help. How
long have you been feeling like this? Ernie: Okay. Childhood trauma? Ernie: Your mom told us a little bit okay? That’s a lot to deal with man. Unresolved trauma it’s a beast man. We actually have
clinicians and therapists that work directly with our unit so it’s very easy
for us to get you to see a doctor. Okay? This is no different from you going
to the doctor and saying hey I got a sore throat. All we’re saying is hey I’m
having some sore thoughts right now and I need help with that. Okay? It’s the same
thing. I’m glad that we got to intervene before you know this became serious. Ernie: Because we want to help you man. I mean
it. I don’t want you feeling like this. Gabe: We’re going to call MEDCOM and find out where we’re gonna take him and then we’ll go from there. Ernie: You look at parkland
over in Florida, the FBI had information Facebook posts that this kid had made these threats. Thank goodness that there’s a program
like this in place where somebody captured what he said and didn’t just
say oh my goodness threat look out send a SWAT team in to get this guy. It’s hey
there’s some mental health issues. Let’s send in mental health and offer services
to him because he’s going to get a lot better services going to mental health
than going to jail. [Music] Martha: The officers advised me when they left
here that they were going to take him to the mental health unit to get evaluated
and that he would get the assistance that he needed. The following morning the
nurse contacted me and said that he had told her he was not ill. He didn’t need
any medication and he refused services and he was ready to go home. I asked her
you know isn’t there anything you can do you know to keep him you know to make
sure he gets some kind of medical assistance some kind of medication to
calm him down to you know make the voices go away and she says no as long
as he refuses services they can’t help him. And so he walked out of there and
walked home. [Music] Alma: I love. This is the picture I love of Chris. Where is it? That’s how Chris looked. Filmmaker: Oh wow. He’s a lot thinner now. Martha: Yeah, it’s taking a toll on him.
Alma: Yeah he’s changed a lot. Look at that smile on his face. Chris: That’s my sweatshirt but that’s a different man. Filmmaker: Who’s that? Chris: That’s supposed to be me
but that’s not me. Alma: This picture was taken here maybe a few years ago. Martha: I never noticed any signs of the bipolar schizophrenic until maybe about five six
years ago. Chris: I know these people these faces aren’t my family or my sister but these faces are the faces of the death because there’s always something hidden
in background. Alma: Everything reminds me of him. Because I honestly didn’t see my life without him. Happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear Christopher happy birthday to you. Filmmaker: So Chris right now we’re making a
documentary. You know that right? Chris: Yes. Yes Sir. Filmmaker: You remember when we talked about this? Yeah. And I didn’t sign the papers. Yeah. Filmmaker: And you’re ok with us? Chris: Right now I’m ok with you filming this yeah, because this is a lot to get off my chest. I think police have a misconception of mental health. Police don’t understand people with the mental illness because they see a
conception of somebody that is a threat to them. Chris: That’s bullsh-t, I didn’t do sh-t. My thing is that when they arrested me they used too much force. Get your hands out of my pockets! Tre: We’ve just got to search you before you get into the police car. Chris: Nah! This is all fake! This is all fake! Look, if somebody’s calm and collected and
telling you get the hell out of my house cause you don’t really belong here at all,
don’t come at him roughly. Tre: We just want to get you in front of a doctor. Okay Chris? Chris: I’m fine. I don’t need a doctor. I need people to stop f—ing with me. Try and soothe them down in order to figure out
what’s wrong with them. If he starts agitating or angry you just calm down
and say: “Okay well maybe we could talk it out. Is there something bothering you we
could talk about?” I didn’t need help I needed them to stop bugging me [Music] Marketta: How do I forgive this police officer for taking my brother cause I know my brother was going through something and I know it wasn’t his fault and when
people say like you’re gonna be alright you’re gonna be alright like I’m never
gonna be alright for a long time cause I don’t feel a connection with nobody like I did with
Danny. I want somebody to reach out to me like hey are you okay like do you need
me like do you need to talk to me like whatever. I don’t get that man. I just
feel so alone man like it’s so hard. Lisa: You’re a leader. You have been given a lot and
when I say that I mean knowledge and wisdom so there will always be much more
expected of you more than you even want to give. Now that’s not to say you won’t
get tired but Marketta get your second wind, dust yourself off baby and get up
and go again. It has not being in vain, Marketta. I promise you it has not been
in vain. Marketta: Like in the black community some of us
feel like we don’t need help to cope with what we know we need help with
because we don’t want people to presume like we’re crazy or like we’re less than
human. That’s gonna take a toll on you mentally. Cousin: Turn sideways. Cousin: You fired. Man behind camera: Oooh, I’m seein them gold teeth… [Laughter] Marketta: If I show you a sign of weakness then you would think I’m weak. It’s like a revolving door and we don’t want that door no more. We don’t want that cycle. We don’t. Ernie: A mental health call came in. The Navy
Department is calling in on a welfare check on a twenty-nine-year-old who is messaging
other sailors that he’s thinking of hurting himself and ending it all. They
said there may be weapons in the house The last message they got was about an
hour ago from him. I don’t have much details about what happened. Just that you sent some text messages out that were concerning. Can you talk to me about
that? Vet: It’s not a good time of year. Like I lost my mom on my last deployment in 2015. Ernie: I’m sorry Vet: And I wasn’t able to say goodbye or anything like that. So I’m like a combat vet. There’s like zero decompression time from
Afghanistan through another deployment and then getting home. Ever since my mom
died I’ve always you know been like you know what I don’t really want to be here
anymore. I’ve been working through it and the fact that you know reached out to
people was a huge step for me and you know I told people in the text message you
know I might not come back. Ernie: What do you mean by “I might not come
back.” Vet: I’m like you know I might consider hurting myself or killing myself while I was out here. Like I discussed with her before I came out here and it was just something on my mind and stuff like that and nothing real like hey how you gonna
do it like let’s go buy a gun and put it and… Nothing like that. Ernie: So no plan? Vet: No, no. Ernie: Just thoughts, fleeting thoughts? Vet: So just, um… Ernie: Okay. I appreciate you being being honest. Do you have concerns right now for Christopher? Woman: Yes. Ernie: Okay. What? What are your concerns? Woman: I just worry that one day he’s not just gonna be upset and he’s going to do something and I’m going to lose him. Ernie: Are you worried that he’s in that state of mind right now? Woman: I didn’t know how bad work had gotten. He had closed me out to that. Ernie: So you’ve never been diagnosed with depression, PTSD? Vet: Just PTSD. I have super
vivid nightmares. And I’ve lost four… No it’s five, five of my
Marines in the last calendar year to suicide. And then one of my buddies
said I went to Afghanistan with, his wife just out of the blue killed herself. Ernie: It’s 22 a day. You know that right? It’s 22 veterans a day and I don’t want you to be a statistic man. I do not want that. I want to make the right choice. You know. I want us to make the right choice for you on your
well-being. Okay? So I got to know 100%, are you
thinking of suicide today? No? Will you call me if things change Vet: I will. Ernie: Promise? I just want to make sure that you’re not gonna be
overwhelmed. You feel comfortable in this situation right now? Woman: And I’m not afraid to call for help if I need to. Ernie: You’ve seen your fair share of trauma for sure being a corpsman. We get that asked all the time, you know, who checks on you guys? Woman: Nobody. Ernie: We kind of check on each other. [Music] Chris: I know she’s not my mom I know for a fact she’s not my mom. I
know that’s not my grandma for a fact. They want someone to take control of my
system and nobody’s gonna take control my system. I got my key right here. I move the house. I move everything. I’m me. I’m the
only one. Everybody thinks I’m crazy. Martha: That’s not our stuff. Chris put that stuff away that’s not
ours. Martha: They’re not ours. Martha: Not in my name. Martha: Alright Chris, that’s enough. Martha: You really need to stop. No you don’t. That’s enough. Martha: Yeah I did. Martha: Hell yeah I did. Martha: Excuse you.
You know what you need to stop right now. Martha: Go walk outside so we can call the
police on you. Okay? Go on. Martha: Well then leave Christopher. Chris: No, you leave my house! Martha: That’s enough. Filmmaker: What’s your biggest fear? Martha: That, that, he, uhm, that he hurts someone. [Music] Alma: I really don’t like to think about it. I mean I even kept things for my kids that they don’t know about that he did to me
because I didn’t want them to hate him for something that he didn’t have
control of. Once he said the voices told him something, I don’t know. Well
I had a different necklace and he got my necklace and he was choking me and I had
the marks. I called Martha and I told her I go “please come, he choked me and
I’m scared.” I was never scared of him until that
time and so she ended up calling the police but I didn’t let the cops see my neck. I had, I put on my hoodie, I covered my myself. Chris: I’m not a violent man towards anybody, unless it’s self-defense. Filmmaker: So we’ve spent two nights now going back with Chris. Tre: Uh-huh. How’s he doing? Filmmaker: Not good. And I’m pretty sure the night after you guys were there he was released the next morning. Tre: Holy-moly. James: I can’t believe they released him that quickly. Do you tell me this person is safe after
one day to go back to his mom after he’s already believing his mom is not his mom. Tre: And his mom is dead. James: And his mom is dead. This person is a threat to him that he may harm. That’s crazy. Now here’s the thing, what if he did go
home that night and killed his mom? Who’s responsible for that? The hospital. Tre: That’s where they fail people. We do an efficient job for what we have to get
them to the hospital. But you know, we’re not treatment facilities we’re a police
department and he’s still not well he needs extended treatment he needs some
kind of follow-up care or inpatient care. Now he’s back out and and still really
really decompensated. Now you’re gonna put more officers you know in danger
because this person doesn’t know what their actions can potentially do. James: So the call we’re going to, the lady is calling saying she’s having thoughts to kill her
mother’s dog. This has been going on for six months. She’s diagnosed with PTSD and
bipolar and she is taking medication daily and she’ll be waiting at the door
for officers when they get there. No weapons. James: You did the right thing by calling
us tonight. That’s the first step. Woman: Yeah, you get little hiccups even
though you think you’re cured. You never are. I’ve been ran around so much through the system sadly. Tre: Put through the system, what do
you mean by that? Woman: My mother has helped me to try to stay
in but they just let you go. I’ve been ignored like I said so many times. They
didn’t care. James: So you’ve been ignored more than you’d like to? Woman: Oh yeah, I’ve even been threatened. Either you take your medications or you’re going to get shot up
with the needle. A doctor even told me and looked in my face told me just take
was you’re supposed to and then you’ll get out. At one point I had about $2,000 worth of
medications and I only made like $600 a month. [Music] Tre: The mental hospitals, why aren’t they
doing their job? They have one job and that’s to stabilize patients. We have
like eight jobs. Joe: CIT is fantastic but it’s one cog of the wheel. Right? If I have a
person who’s in crisis out there on the street and I go out there and deescalate
them and I don’t use force and then I take them to whatever facility
throughout that city, the sad reality is a hundred percent of how that person is
treated is dependent on who that person is and what insurance they have. If
they’re indigent and they don’t have any insurance and they have no capacity to
pay that bill at all they’re gonna be “stabilized” very very quickly and they’re
gonna get released and then they’re usually gonna go back to the same
situation. Now you’re gonna have that same officer dealing with them again two
days later. We don’t have enough resources in Bexar County for the amount
of problem that’s out there not even close. James: These people are gonna come out at some
point and the reality is that they don’t have good paying jobs. They don’t
have insurance. How are they going to afford medications? Follow-up services? You’re
dealing with somebody who doesn’t have transportation. Doesn’t have a good
paying job or a job at all. These are the expectations that we have to think about
outside of the mental health facility. Martha: He has to sign a release in order for me to get
any kind of information. He never signs anything. He never wants anyone to know what meds he’s taking or where he has to go or what appointments. Chris: They want me to
be mentally incompetent. That’s the whole thing. They want me to be mentally incompetent in order from my mom to have co-sign of everything. To get what they
want. Chris: Yes, Grandma. Bertha: I feel very sad to see him in this condition. Very sad. I pray for him on a daily basis. And I pray that he gets well. Alma: Sometimes I just
wish, I wish it’s just a nightmare. I just wish I could just wake up and he could be back
to the way he was. Even without me I wouldn’t care as long as I know he was better. I’d be happy. So all we can do is just watch him waste away. Martha: I know a lot of people say well he’s 35, let him
go, let him figure it out himself but put yourself in my shoes if it was your
child what would you do? I mean I know a lot of people say
tough love but this is a disease this is not you know because they’re being
resentful. They’re not cognizant of what they’re doing so you can’t say tough
love. [Music] District Attorney: Today the 176 grand jury of Harris County indicted former deputy Cameron Brewer for the fatal shooting of Danny Thomas an
unarmed civilian. Brewer now faces five to ninety-nine years or up to life in prison
as a result of this charge. Any time a life is lost it’s important to us at the
Harris County District Attorney’s Office but when it happens at the hand of a
government official in a free country it creates even greater concern and emotion
among family members and the rest of the community. He was fired from the Harris
County Sheriff’s Office for failing to apply the training that he had been
provided using less than deadly force against somebody who was clearly unarmed. When the government takes a life it
matters how we respond. We responded by presenting all the evidence to a grand
jury and they responded with a true bill. And we’re going to prosecute. Thank you all. Marketta: I can’t even stand like standing here right now. [Music] Marketta: We just pray to God the cop that shot uncle Danny
that he’s brought to justice, right? Marketta: Will Cameron go to hell?
What you think? Marketta: An eleven-year-old who who doesn’t
understand death and why people kill other people but is so fast and
willing to forgive is mind-blowing cause I’m not ready to forgive but my son is
so ready to forgive. Marketta: You got to go that way. Oh you got skills now. Go long Sean! Maybe this is my calling. Maybe this is God’s bittersweet way of telling me like hey this is what I think you should be doing. Go! Being a voice for somebody else that feels like their voice isn’t strong enough. Chris: I think the public
misunderstands mental illness as disease you could contact and touch
and it’ll just go at you. No. You have to get to know ’em. If you don’t feel the emotions that they went through then you shouldn’t be judging another person. You don’t lower each other. I love you. I love you. This is my grandma. This is my grandma. This is my real grandma. Jon: We got to get away from that stigma. Having a mental illness does not mean that we
can’t function in society. It does not mean that we’re crazy. People with mental
illness are more likely to be victims of crime than to actually be the ones to
commit it. James: Is the system perfect? By all means no it’s not. Tre: Hey buddy. [toddler sounds] Tre: What’s that, a toy? [toddler sounds] James: The only thing I can do is go out there every day and do the best job that I can and remember I serve a public, I serve people. Child: Mat…Sat…Sam…Sat… James: Alright. Good job. You’re getting it. Never get to a point
where you become cynical because it’s easy to do that. Marketta: Hi Momma. [Laughing] Sean: I love you. Marketta: I love you too big guy. Mila: We all love you. Joe: We were never meant to do this, but we are. We have been for years and we’re going to be probably
forever. Stop complaining about it, wake up and let’s just give us the tools and resources that we need. Tre: Say stop police! [toddler sounds] Tre: Police. Stop resisting. Love you. Joe: The bar that we have in police
work is just stay alive. That’s the most important thing go home at the end of the
day. Yeah, but that’s also a pretty low bar. We need to raise the bar of what our
expectations are. Marketta: Love you guys. Sean & Mila: Love you too. Marketta: I feel good, like actually, like, stating my piece,
kinda, you know? Marketta: Kind of like get that sense of like relief. It’s been a good day.

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  1. Where I live the police don’t have cameras. Why? Because if they did they wouldn’t be able to get away with murder and beatings and prostitute rape.

  2. The lobby is a mirage of happiness. Your treated like royalty until you get on that elevator, once the elevator shuts it’s time to meet the devil. Ya see, I went to Rolling HIlls (Which was rehab and a mental hospital) they had a glass wall so you could see how the people on the mental side were treated and let me tell you, it’s darkweb dark. They prey on the weak.

  3. I suffer from mental illness n its hard dealing with it as a adult its not fun and it not funny mental health is real.

  4. This was an EXCELLENT documentary. This needs to be a part of law enforcement services trained for!
    Thank You so much for making and showing this video.

  5. No one with a mental illness deserves to die… hmmmm maybe next time they shouldn't point a weapon at someone… idc what is wrong with them they point a gun at me its fucking game over.

  6. This is just incredibly sad. This should never happen to anyone suffering from a mental illness. I don't know what more has to happen for police departments to wake up, and realize that shooting first, and asking questions later is not only destroying a communities' trust in the police to protect them, but also destroying families of those victims. Our police system MUST respond to this outrageous string of innocent people being murdered at the hands of police officers. Whether it be a mental illness situation or not, officers need to be trained to use ALL other forms of non-deadly force to diffuse a situation. Using deadly force needs to be an absolute last resort. Any officer who uses deadly force unnecessarily should fired, arrested and charged with the injury or murder of that victim. Maybe more trigger happy officers going to prison will spark massive change.

  7. There’s a difference between being mentally ill and a criminal, don’t treat people who’s mentally ill as criminals. Give Police Officers more than 10 hours of training for mental illness, but most importantly, improve the mental health treatment system to further ease the pressure from police officers!

    Every modern day country has some sort of mental health crisis at the moment and that could be due to modern society and capitalism draining people’s souls and hopes. Give people better Opportunities and have a better system for the working person.

    Finally, with addiction, there should be more better regulated addiction centres and better care in the community, you should not have to fend for yourself when you’re ill!

    Better public services, teaching people about mental wellbeing and how to maintain mental wellness is the best step forward!

  8. Thank you so much to these people. To these men and women who take the time and patience to help these people that truly need help. It is such a scary job…and we have to be thankful as hell for the men and women who go out and make it happen. Thank you for making thia documentary…for making this information available. Please god let people as a whole come together and understand things are not always as they seem….do not judge, do not assume, do not be ignorant. Thank you god for the angels that we have on earth now helping anyone they can…we love you.

  9. The cop around 24 minutes annoyed me. The jujitsu wasn’t really necessary but I guess if he takes more pleasure in that than shooting, it’s major progress.

  10. Can i make a suggestion though? Once you guys put chris in the car, y'all dapped and give each other high fives for getting him I the car safely but that might come off really wrong and scary to him…I'm just saying..

  11. Forced treatment causes PTSD, suicide attempts, homocide attempts, and a deadly distrust and hatred for first responders because they are then seen in the same light as kidnappers. I know because I lived it.

  12. Someone get wrongfully shot and kill and the answer from the state is 40 hour of training in mental illness, this should be ongoing the same way they keep training on how to pull a gun when they feel "threatened" and defend themselves.

  13. It’s time for universal healthcare. We need to support Bernie Sanders. My family has been lucky enough to have good health. We’ve paid for insurance that we rarely use for decades now. That money, my unused insurance payments, should be going to help people like Chris, not to executive bonuses and billions in profits to insurance company leeches.

  14. I am sorry that’s bad training to shoot to kill! You can shot to put someone down! This needs to be changed!

  15. This was a surprisingly good documentary, I'm so glad police departments are starting to put time and energy into actually solving this problem in a humane way and actually try to help/protect people rather than kill them for their mental illness outbursts

  16. US police are conditioned to shoot first. The fact 1/4 adults is a gun owner creates and Exacerbates the problem leading to the climate we have to do in some regards I do not feel that the police are doing anything wrong they are reacting to a war zone environment in a war zone mentality if there is a one in four chance that the person you were going to meet is carrying a gun added to the fact that the person could use it on you then it’s normal that you would react in a hostile manner. Exacerbates the problem leading to the climate we have to do in some regards I do not feel that the police are doing anything wrong they are reacting to a war zone environment and a war zone mentality if there is a one in four chance that the person you were going to meet is carrying a gun added to the fact that the person could use it on you then it’s normal that you would react in a hostile manner.The problem is with gun control too many people have it too many people abuse the system Europe does not have this problem southeast Asia does not have this problem the problem exists in Brazil and Mexico in South Africa and in USA and one thing these countries all have in common is a high use ofGun ownership

  17. "When I was a kid I wasn't allowed to cry…"

    Wow. How many of us, as men, can say the same thing.. We need to change that.

  18. Did youall do a drug test on the women in the beginning of the video?. There is a crack epidemic going on in San Antonio.

  19. Man my heart goes out to ppl with mental illness. I have a younger sister who is mentally ill and it's sad to see her daily struggles and hearing these stories makes me really wish the best for the family's on this documentary. I hope that Chris got some help and is doing better also

  20. Oh my God 💔. As someone who has mental health issues, I 10000% believe this is necessary THROUGHOUT California. Seriously, if I were to be arrested I would need to have special officers take over because I would go into full blown out black out panic mode and my anxiety would take over… as the women said, “you don’t need to kill someone with mental health issues, when they’re already dying inside..” 😓.

  21. I don’t agree with the “you can choose where you go but you need to go,” that they’re enforcing. A few minutes of mental instability and fog shouldn’t warrant a 51/50 at the psych ward especially if they seem lucid and adamant about disagreeing with the hold. Most depressed people hate going to the ward when just listening and talking to them gets them to calm down again. The psych ward is a scary place for someone who is depressed. With the schizophrenics tell them you won’t take them if they take their medication. If they still wont listen they’re still probably unstable and take them in. Chris seemed to know what’s best for him to return to normal but the cops amplified it by arresting him and celebrating outside the car.

  22. Wow
    Telling your kid he won’t do well because of the colour of his skin is disgusting

    This woman will ruin her life thinking the way she does.

    She needs to forgive and have understanding for the cop as well.

    But of course she’ll play the victim and never even attempt to see it from the other way around.

  23. 24:30 This is the way police officers are supposed to arrest a suspect with mental Issues I hope police officers that do these arrest this smoothly and do not kill anyone because a lot of people are dying from mental health issue that should not be dying a police officer should only use their fire arm when they are extremely at danger a man just got killed last week where I live by a police officer and guess what never had a weapon he was in his car and the cop said he tried to hit him Terrible

  24. We need help mental health isn't some joke i have adhd,depression and anxiety and it's not ok how little help we get

  25. great people with a tough job. this was hard to watch, but i'm so thankful i did . it's hard and often impossible to understand mental illness, but the least you can do is try your hardest and be respectful while doing so, which is what i see the people in this video doing….. and i am especially amazed at the strength of the family members

  26. I feel this sooo bad I have many mental illness when they where sending Chris to the hospital that’s how it really is the police never sent me it was always a physiatrist or therapist you are so fucking desperate in that situation mental hospital are so scary especially for a child or teen when they bring it up you beg and scream and then try to act calm you do anything to not go. The worst part is if they say you need to go you almost always need it. If anyone has any questions about what it’s like in a hospital or dealing with mental illness just ask

  27. What a nightmare! PS. lOVE San Antonio! It’s so sad that police officers have to be involved with mentally ill offenders. And yeah, the Houston officer should’ve tased to stop, not shoot to kill. 😢

  28. It’s horrible that without insurance people won’t get help. After all that loved ones and even the police do to get them evaluated, then are immediately released. 😡. At least they aren’t thrown into terrible asylums like they used to.

  29. Violent man walks aggressively towards cop while avoiding warnings “gets shot” GIRL LAUGHES THEN STARTS CRYING !

  30. Yes in the world not just police force we all need more understanding and empathy for each other. We are all going through something on some level.

  31. This video has deleted entire comment threads, probably due to the point of view contained therein. Do not trust NBC!

  32. How can a police officer be trained to shoot to stop the threat, meaning shoot to kill. An officer actually said something like "we're not trained to shoot you in the leg". You're policing in your community how in the hell can that be the only option? And that's dead wrong because why do officer have pepper spray – in case they run into a bear at Starbucks? Why do police officers have tasers – to play pretend laser tag on their lunch break? That officer & those that think like him is why Americans MUST continue to demand better. The police act as though they're job is to defend against foreign & domestic terrorist, if so bring in the National Guard & tell the cops to stay home, they're useless.

  33. This is fucking ridiculous. State causes the crises through force of psychotropic drugs, street drugs, and then they police it. Makes sense. Not many people see through the bigger agenda or what's going on. It's sad.

  34. Fucking pussies, scared for their own life so the first thing they do is take someone else’s.. And those are the people who are chosen to “protect” us.. Most of these cops are only in training so they don’t end up fired or on YouTube etc.. You can train anyone to follow protocol, but you can’t train someone to have a good heart.

  35. Im just happy that there are at least trying to do better. But way more hours is needed and every country needs these types of programs.

  36. It's bull shit to say theses cops are doing wrong if some crazy person's trying to kill you then your gonna shoot I'm sure a lot of them talked the person down but it didn't work you can not always reason with crazy these cops shouldn't be made out to be monsters when there not

  37. Mental illness is a true problem in today’s society. Police should not have to handle family crisis like these. But God bless them and the tracing the do receive. It’s mandatory these days!

  38. This is how ALL police should be.
    Not special task forces, ALL police.

    We NEED a single payer Medicare for all!!!!!!!

  39. Wow this is really inspiring I want to become a police officer and do this. It’s sad that many people who deal with mental health illnesses sometimes die by police officers watching that mother scream saying they killed my son that was heartbreaking 😔❤️🙏🏼

  40. I know that horrible feeling in your stomach, I got that same feeling right before my brother was murdered too..

  41. Memphis police are completely useless. They overreact to petty things yet don't take care of the major crime problems and then they resort to extreme measures when it escalates because they don't take proper action until its too late. They are not held accountable for their wrongful actions and do not respect constitutional rights.

  42. One of the richest countries in the world, and people with mental health issues and no insurance can’t get help? It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Very sad. I applaud the people that are trying to help but it must be so frustrating for them.

  43. That’s bullshit the Hyppa act is a fucking joke there’s always ways around to find out what’s going on the fact the matter is their loved ones called them for a reason same thing happened to me with my ex-girlfriend so you’re putting these officers in a dangerous position no officerWants to lose his life because of his job

  44. That’s really great for those officers but apparently when they’re not being filmed in a documentary they don’t have integrity because I’ve been a victim of that and I have some issues but they’re all justified and logically backed by scientific evidence but a lot of these people i’ve never read to kill a mockingbird or had the kind of experiences I’ve experienced or maybe just a California thing I think everyone knows the American dream is over and they know they don’t have that many rights left because no one cares I guess

  45. Cops need their own medical facility with doctors and nurses who specialize in mental health. Therefore they're able to detain people and keep them as long as needed and until they're stabilized. That would help lots of people. The number of people who are in jail would drastically reduce

  46. This is how you really save lives.

    and shedding light on all positive aspects of a bad situation or creating new solutions means we are headed the right direction. A big thank you to those cops taking their time to learn and genuinely care to resolve a heartbreaking issue. They picked up a responsibility that hospitals should/need to care for while doing their best to reduce stigmatism, and police in a way that protects not only themselves, but those around them.

  47. An exceptional piece of documentary making: displaying an excellent initiative, excellent professionals and tastefully done. Nice on NBC.

  48. This needs to be viewed by every human on earth. Please i feel it could change the world if it could make an effect on those who do view it.

  49. I really hope that units like this can be inserted in most if not all police departments all over the country. As someone who suffers with mental illness myself & with family suffering from multiple mental illnesses including schizophrenia I understand firsthand how misunderstood these individuals are & support this fully.
    Where I live, they will put you on a 72 hour mandatory minimum hold if the police bring you in. Sad that's not the case everywhere! Christopher really needed that & didn't get it! So sad.

  50. I'm 18 years old and have been dealing with Mental Illnesses since I was 11 years ago, I've lost my childhood to Depression and Anxiety. I use to hurt myself, I use to be on medication, and watching this documentary was absolutely amazing, but also terrifying. This unit dealt with the issues at hand so easily, but seeing mentally ill people get shot like that does make me fear for my life. Knowing that there are police officers out there who are willing to go through the training for dealing with mental illnesses properly is absolutely wonderful. Thank you

  51. Get rid of them satanic catholic "Jesus" candles…as they're not a REAL nor true representation of him at all….

  52. Compassion and empathy do not compute in U.S. , which explains the massive death toll.
    The U.S. is a country that will put 24 rounds in grandma.

  53. But see the thing with the guy Christopher is that it does not really sound entirely like schizophrenia.. it sounds a little like Capgras syndrome

  54. Putting a mentally I'll person in the back of a cop car and closing the door, then giving other cops high fives and laughing is a devastating blow to the I'll individual.

  55. 20:36 the dude playing Fortnite on phone will be the next news story of acting like a demon when dealing with a mental health patient.

  56. at least these individuals in the force are doing something about it, not being a part of the issue by incarceration and end of story for ya

  57. Racism, sexism, greed and a contorted sense of " bias of normalcy" are all significant components of the narcissistic personality that is afflicting significant numbers in the general population today… Entitlement and lack of empathy towards others as well..

  58. Too many supposed loved ones give up on their vulnerable members too early on, not due to lack of training but tough love.. 😎

  59. Sometimes police officers have some mental illness, too.

    Antisocial personality disorder or psychopathy for example. That why they doesnt even blink for shooting a human being down.

  60. Great documentary. I feel bad for what happened to that lady’s brother, but It’s sad that lady told her child he needs to be careful because the color of his skin. Not true, and that kind of false narrative is causing problems in our society.

  61. The black guy shot was on PCP. Found during the autopsy. His sister didn't mention that now did she. All these problems have been dumped on the police which isn't fair. The families need to deal with it not expect society.

  62. It's hard to watch this & the problem is even bigger than you see here. I think for every 1 of these people who ends up in a crisis, there are 1000 people on the verge of a crisis at any minute. You just don't see all the folks hanging on by a thread

  63. Man I’ve dealt with being in a mental hospital and it feels like jail it really does suck and I feel for this man crying because he don’t wanna go back. I mean I’d say the only thing that helps is being around people that have similar problems then you other than that it’s like jail.

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