By Stephen Eide October 7, 2019 | 8:05pm The murder of four homeless men in Chinatown over the weekend is a grim reminder of the link between untreated serious mental illness and violence.
Police shootings of emotionally disturbed persons are relatively rare, but disturb all New Yorkers. In a three-year period, police went on approximately 450,000 calls for emotionally disturbed persons (EDPs); most were resolved without incident, but 15 resulted in fatal shootings. This week, city-funded mental health associations gathered in support of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’s well-intentioned report on how to improve police response to EDPs and those with serious mental illness.
As the bulk of state spending shifts toward mandatory programs, experimentation is grinding to a halt in the laboratories of democracy. After gamely crisscrossing the country for months in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination, John Hickenlooper, once one of America’s most popular governors, announced on Thursday that he was dropping out of the race.