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.


  1. Insane! Police know Christopher by his first name,they've been there several times,they listen to his mother. Black people…..they reach for the GUN!! You cannot deny the brutality used!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. The way Chris was handled on the on the call when he was taken down and arrested was soooooooo completely opposite to the call when the black mother called. The lovely way they talked to Chris and they were told ahead of time of the threat to kill others…….OMG. It's the same to countless others,which is the point I know…but damn! That ended up being EXTREMELY hard to watch! You cannot deny they be sooo trigger happy and abusive with black people! They are not even like that with serial killers-you cannot deny! They are not like that with mass shooters-you cannot deny! They are mostly white so you would see marks on them. They don't rough them up,nothing!

  3. This is what The Black Lives Matter Movement is about. It's the ONLY point Collin Kaepernick is making! ' Take a look at this, notice the extreme ratio '. YEESSSS ALL lives matter, but right now, this specially please🙏! We've been pointing this out. It just has an organized title now. It had been and is on video. Plain as day. Police officers punching the hell out of black women,grabbing hair back walking them to the car,female cop batoning the shit out of a girl in the back seat. Soooo many on video for the world to see! It's not crying wooll wolf or being cry babies. Look at the numbers. Do you really really truly think white people never or a lot have the same situations or circumstances? This video proved that. WHERE, O'WHERE are the same police actions? You really can't even IMAGINE that!

  4. Danny Thomas's sister is disgusting,That whole staged scene of her and her son on the couch wouldn't be believable in a bad sitcom,she's got her son parroting back what she's taught him to say,he's also the oldest(non retarded)boy I've ever seen hugging a teddy bear whilst looking up into his moms eyes,then she says its sad because he wanted to be a cop but that's ruined now there uncles a victims.She's a liar,the kids coached,all with a straight face.all she cares about is a payday,statistics say she shouldn't worry about her son not wanting to be a cop because he'll have a felony charge soon anyway.The worst thing is how incredibly stupid she thinks people are that they will believe her,I think her brains in the top bobble of hair.Just a typical example of welfare shit trying to turn any tragedy into cash

  5. "He wasn't trying to do anything"
    Well it certainly looked like he was going to do something.
    You know, Jeffrey Dahmer was mentally ill. Maybe look him up and see what a man can really do to another man.

  6. God Bless SAPD.
    The officer responding to my mental health call..He saved my life, my marriage and family. This was just in April 2019.
    God Bless every first responder. God keep them safe and I pray prepared with proper training.

  7. We need more units like the one in the video. Thank you SAPD for creating a unit to help care for are mental ill citizen's.

  8. Fun fact: they don’t give you your psyche meds in jail for weeks so you’re more likely to act out and end up staying longer. They’ve NEVER treated mentally ill people as humans. These are the ONLY cops that should be allowed to exist. About 80-90% of the people shot down by cops were mentally ill. Had they been engaged by someone not visibly armed, not all dressed up in uniform and threatening, they’d probably still be alive. There are so many things wrong with today’s cops and how they go about their job. We need cops like this or no cops at all. It should be mandatory they all get trained in how to recognize mental illnesses and how to deal with them.

  9. If cops could shoot unarmed man or woman
    has mental problems can we do the same to these cops. That why good cops get shot because what these other pig does.

  10. The ultimate truth is that people who haven't gone through mental illnesses can never understand those with them. Most people have no idea about them-it has nothing to do with who have them. I have severe mental health issue and it makes me angry to watch this video. It's frustrating. I feel bad for Chris and I think he should live away from his family. Mental health problems are often caused by your closes family, genetically and environmentally. I do not trust Chris' mother who reported the cops, I'm sure she has contributed a lot to Chris' mental illness. He needs help- don't focus on what he's capable of but focus on his mental illnesses. People with mental illnesses are not able to function well because because they're suffering. And even those without them, are never immune to one. Be aware–mental illnesses are problems of the humanity not just individuals with them.
    Wake up.

  11. Reality is mental health facilities are over crowded with patients needing help. Mental health facilities ( at least in my home state) are so full of patients and no where to put them so they are forced to release on a case severity basis in turn those patients are then arrested and just get left to sit in jail without help/treatment and again released because they dont belong in prison. It's a perpetuating cycle. Also problematic is the ratio of well trained professionals and physicians. There isnt enough, even if there were enough beds in every facility. This goes on to oversights of these facilities as well what about abuse and/ or malparactice within these facilities . This is a grand scale issue

  12. When she said "my spirit just left my body", she verbalized how it really does feel in a real way….
    It broke me heart for her, for him, her family, for all of us.
    Gave a voice to so many of the voiceless dead and alive. How i've felt for 30 yrs of my 39 yrs alive.
    The Church, many of my encounters with many of them are so hurtful.
    I was told God wasn't going to help me because I had not repented, this from a "Christian" St. Louis "help line", who further stated he was going to hang up if i didn't stop cussing.
    I would love to tell everything the Greene Co. Sherriff's dept/ and local police dept., local church's have done, local mental help hospitals here have done not done to me these past 9 yrs.
    They operating at a level that's like something off the set of the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
    I can't get help her. I have absolutely exhausted every single resource here. no options left. i've tried n tried to get help. but no other options for help left. because i have no family. no friends. no transportation. i'm not a minority. i have little income but it's too much to qualifiy for help not enough to pay for real help. and just stuck. why else would i be writing this out on a damn youtube comment if not out of desperation. i'm a throwaway falling thru the cracks. i'm not suicidal or homical but i'm mad and frustrated as fuck. but i think abandoning all hope now isn't giving up it's just accepting my circumstances and giving my tired self a rest. no this is not a suicdal statement. people that deal with us meantally ill if you're a delicate lil flower and ccan't candle cuss words then get another motherfuckin profession punk assed bitches

  13. when she on her way to the D.A.'s office and said she wasn't tryin to hear "we're doing the best we can"…
    she looked so mentally exhausted….and I just felt like how exhausted how awful she must feel
    how enraged and how tired i am when they say that type of shit to me

  14. the speech @ 35:38 i appreciate his honesty, since there's no funding, since there are some patients like me who are chronically ill me 30 yrs of my 39 on earth, suffer mutliple illnesses and have virtually no hope of recovery, also have multiple chronic physical illnesses…perhaps we should reconsider Dr. Kavorkian's case appeal to the supreme court. Afterall, we can't expect these indigent patients or these private insurance companies to take the cost because "they can't survive" without the funding.
    Patients like me if we are honest such palliative care would certainly be a relief to the poor ol systems that just have no funding and can't survive, these insurance companies …. bless their nonexistant black fucking lil pea pickin fuckin hearts
    Give relief to everyone all around
    no i'm not suicidal
    i won't be gettting ahy caree though
    cuz i have no access and the limited options where i live springfield, mo…i have already exhausted

  15. I don't even have anyone to bury me whenever i do die, which will be whenever God decides, not me.
    I wish i had even 1 person that gave half a fuck about me. i'm seriously ill, care is not within my grasp, is not attainable and i'm all alone. anyone who does have even 1 friend or family member i can't help but be envious of. i'm an awful person for even thinking that huh. i'm sure my "mother" would agree. and did often. very loudly. physically and verbally.

  16. Our system is SOO wrong! Force mentally ill people out of the facilities and expect them to function normally. The officer is saying "relax" when Chris thinks he is being assaulted is not reasonable. Sometimes no talking is more effective. I have experience in mental health and know that other's voices can be more agitating to the patient.

  17. Isn't there such a thing as a mobile mental health crisis units connected with most public and private hosiptals? Instead of calling the police these people should be called out to mental health crisis situations.

  18. Look I get that it's horrible riffic that police have to shoot suspects it's horrible it's heartbreaking it's terrible I hate it I don't think any life should be lost from a fetus on Word it's heartbreaking that being said if a cop doesn't know this person and he keeps pursuing the police officer the cop has to do whatever he has to do to take that suspect down immediately he doesn't know he's not packing just because he can't see in con doesn't mean there is one and it doesn't matter fists or weapons too. Just because he has a taser doesn't mean that he didn't do exactly what he should have done. The man was so close to him that he needs to take deadly force unfortunately it's terrible hindsight's always 20/20 and I guarantee this cop is devastated to learn that this guy's just mentally ill and wasn't planning on really harming him. I'm sure that tears him up inside but quite frankly he did what he had to do I'm sorry it's terrible and this is not a praise thing I don't give a f*** what your color is if you go after a police officer he has the right to use deadly force. I'm sorry but that's just how it is if you've been further back and the officer had been able to subdue him a little bit further back than a taser would have been a good idea but he was so close to that officer that officer doesn't know that he's not going to start swinging or shoot him or whatever. Deadly force is a necessary in that circumstance. That being said also I agree that new training needs to be done. I agree that we need to change the way we treat Mental Health. But at the current training. The current laws that the current rules for police officers they did what they felt was necessary this heartbreaking it is it is you can't retroactively punish someone for it

  19. Look everybody needs to stop teaching their kids that they're going to get shot because they're black. I've met thousands of police officers in my life at one of my good friends is the cop his last name is wiser so you can guess what his nickname is in Illinois he's actually someone I went to high school with who also held my hand after I was raped he sat by my side the entire time even when they were scraping me and stuff on the inside he's literally seen me more naked than most men ever have. The thing is most officers one don't know how to handle mental health so I'm really glad they're doing this into most officers don't care about race they care about Threat Level so it's not about the color of your skin if you really think it's the color of your skin I guarantee if a white person did the exact same thing they would have been shot also in fact statistics prove that that's actually the case more white people are shot by police officers than black people by almost two-thirds. More than that more officers are more apt to shoot a white person than a black person because they don't like the negative attention at receive because when they shoot away person no one cares. I don't like how they make it seem like this is a cop racism issue it's not this is a we are taught to handle the threat this way and instead of learning new skills and how to do it better we're trying to make it seem like it's a race thing it's not. Or it's not for the majority of police officers

  20. 30:22 life is so tough because your black… just shut your mouth and collect your welfare and food stamps, steal from stores and rob innocent hard working people, then pull the race card to get out of jail. Stfu

  21. The conversation and response by the young man at 59:26 is absolutely amazing and hearing him say this at such a young age brought a tear to my eye. He will grow up to make his family proud in his uncles name. Good on you young king 👑

  22. As someone with OCD against human touch and certain irrational contaminations it's going to be really hard to explain to people i will panic if i get touched. So everything for me is wordplay, because if anyone touches me i either freeze or start screaming. I'm shy and i hate explaining it too. How lovely. Currently I'm practicing the skill of detaching myself because i know my fears are irrational. When i detach myself i suddenly snap out of it and i feel everything internally. Doing this let's me calm down in an instant and explain. But I loose a bit of myself every time, dulling my emotions and having them explode out in panic attacks, this is fine for now.

  23. i wish i had of never moved into low income housing i should have gotten an apartment that was already fully furnished then i would not have to worry about having to beg other people for furniture been here 3 years and i still cannot afford the furniture i need and probably never will on my limited fixed income i will be 66 years old in about 5 more months and i am about done trying to better my life forever 🙁

  24. This is heartbreaking. Truly heartbreaking. Our jails should NOT be filled with mentally ill folks. People just need help.

  25. This is very dangerous work because many police are put at high risk responding to seemingly non-violent domestic situations.

  26. Christopher's mother is an awful, uneducated woman. You don't egg on a schizophrenic. You don't feed into their delusions. She's more concerned with arguing than getting her son help. There are steps she can take, and she isn't taking them. Including becoming his legal guardian. But I'm glad. He doesn't need her as a guardian. She's not fit to be that.

  27. That woman told the 911 operator her son is mentally ill and the diagnosis. Asked to send someone trained… I mean come on… I hope she sue the living hell outta them.
    God my soul hurts

  28. At 49:19 right after Chris Remmey gets his hands out of the fire /flames his voice changes and he says something about "inside me", so either he has another personality right there or he's under a demonic possession. He needs serious and urgent help. How in the world they let him go the next day out of the mental facility??? Please, what is going on with the people in this world??? Young males, like the vet young man, gone to waste… WHY? WHY? WHY? Dear Heavenly Farther the world really needs you there is so much wrong.

  29. As the richest nation in the history of civilisation its sad that you spend soooo much on wars and other things but not much on mental health.

    You are not the only country which is also sad

  30. 4 minutes in and I'm already trying not to cry. Had to pause and drink something because of the feeling of a lump in my throat.

  31. Look at that black bitch ingraining into that kid that skin color matters. What a racist bitch she is. Whites do not worry about color only blacks do.

  32. These blacks are so racist in this video. Saying dont pull over for police because there are no houses and only woods. How about u just comply and u wont get hurt.

  33. This was an extraordinary documentary. I've learned a lot. Sean is such a precious soul while him and children like him give us all a chance to a better future…. So sorry for Danny his uncle and for the family's loss…. and what a great program/department with such dedicated officers. Christopher and grandma 'killed' me in the end… So many hearts full of pain…

  34. 1:00:00 for a child to show this level of maturity and objectivity on such a powerful and emotional topic was deeply profound for me

  35. Police trigger happy and want action in their job but the action is on black people. The administration is trying to use mental illness as a way to cover up their dirty crime just like when they say I felt threatened or he's got a gun. Where are the doctors on this if a person is suffering from mental illness most likely they are on meds so when a caller call for help that should be told to police. No one ever talk about it but police are helping cull the population just like soldiers fighting in wars. If the jobs are outsourcined and offshored plus automation, robots and self driving cars plus for profit prisons!! America got big time problems.

  36. Chris, you are an extremely strong individual dealing with an illness I cant imagine. I believe you can find peace with your family, they love you.

  37. “We want the old Chris back”
    That’s a horrible thing to say to a depressed per-
    Well that explains a lot

  38. I have depression & anxiety but I was able 2 keep my issues in check thru 17 yrs in Pelican Bay & Corcoran SHU, I feel 4 these dudes & 4 the cops as well, but I'm glad 2 c they have a certain unit 4 this that probably have better communication skills than the average asshole cop & that's not a shot against all cops, if it don't apply, let it fly!!!!

  39. I wish this were the norm. I have a mentally ill son who has threatened Suicide and threatened to kill me. The police don’t do anything. They will if he murders me but until then I’m on my own. I think this is a wonderful idea and god bless these officers

  40. This is the most inhumane healthcare and social services system I have ever heard of. Like a concentration camp of some sort. Shame.

  41. Yall need to look into the weaponized 5 G. It has the ability to put voices in your head,implant memories and not to mention the radiation that were bathing in. Just check out Debra Tavaris. Third is also MICROWAVABLE weapons like the ones used for the California fires,they were lasers. Their are pictures of holes that go straight through truck engine blocks. These people talking about them putting chips in them….Once they deemed you crazy you can be taken away for any reason.. dangerous. The government is evil as hell

  42. If they are so scared of a “unarmed threat” and adamant in using a lethal weapon In stead of non lethal weapons.. rubber bullets, pepper spray or tazer gun, then why don’t they at least shoot them in the leg or something? You have the gun, they don’t. What are you scared of? Are the new cops scared to wrestle someone to the ground and cuff them?

  43. These officers created a niche, one we needed in the direction of justice reform. Mental illness is real, the amount of people locked up and killed in this country with mental illness is too damn high. We NEED units like this in every police station all over the country who can be trained to handle these types of calls, trained to handle these people appropriately. Local hospitals aren’t even equipped to handle the load of people with mental illness. Ask anyone who works at one, they will tell you. This video was a powerful eye opener. Thanks for the upload!

  44. Number one police do not get paid enough to get all the ridicule that they get to be put in the positions that they are putting I have almost killed somebody accidentally by hitting them which was not my fault and luckily I help save his life but that weighs on you heavily and anybody that thinks taking another life is easy is dead wrong unless you're empty inside to begin with that being said police need a lot more training most police don't even know all the laws because a lot of the laws don't make any damn sense and now this day and age people are trying to create law on a motion which makes it even worse and will make it even more confusing obviously there's a problem with mental illness especially in the United States and due to lack of funding lack of care it will not be addressed they don't want to address it would rather use it as a crutch to make new laws as opposed to fixing the issue just like the War on Drugs the crime Bill and all that other happy horseshit that they put in place instead of rehabilitating they facilitate it is a form of population control the thing that sucks about it for police is there put in the middle of it like the video said they released the mentally ill to the street decades ago and now it is for the judicial system to fix it when you just feel system don't fix anything ever I was locked up as a juvenile for a pretty serious crime luckily for me I was too certified and expunged and in juvie there were many mentally ill kids one kid DJ seem to be a sociopath you can see him one day possibly doing a terrorist Act but he wasn't getting no help even though they called it a treatment facility he wasn't getting the correct help another kid that a lot of my friends on the street new threw a bomb at his teacher it wasn't a real bomb it was one of those you know dry ice bombs but it burnt the teachers face and he had to do time for the one I heard his story grew up as mom was part of the Black Panthers and you're supposed to drug trade fire all types of abuse and he was sick luckily he ended up getting the help he need it after juvie I saw him years later on the street bought a couple other guys not so lucky

  45. That lady is completely uncalled for every time you got to bring it to race has nothing to do with race to police officer don't know he's mentally ill he has no idea what's going on in that guy's head as he knows he's coming at him he don't know if the guy is strapped under his shirt somehow he has no idea how many cops every year killed that's bulshit for a measly paycheck that f**** people get for menial jobs and would she be saying cuz the color of your skin if it was a black cop that didn't know so that's BS I'm tired of hearing it the statistical changes from year to year but they never talked about the fact that there's actually more white people shot by cops in many years

  46. The problem is people need to realize they have rights and ways to go about this in a court of law they need to file so that they can get guardianship of an adult that is not well and in doing this that adult does not have the authority to say they do not need treatment the person that has the rights can basically forced treatment cuz that man is going to kill somebody and it's probably going to be his family

  47. If somebody is diagnosed bipolar schizophrenic they should without a doubt be on state welfare they are not capable of working without medication they are not capable of living without medication they are mental defective people get welfare just for being addicts or having a bum leg or hand and you can still work there are many people who get all types of SSI in ship because they have panic attacks want some more oh I can't work cuz I have a panic attack yet somebody hacks truly has an issue such as bipolar schizophrenia can't get that I find that hard to believe

  48. I hate to say it and I don't know how true it is but a lot of times extreme pain can snap people out of delusions sometimes somebody needs to be shook woke

  49. How the fuck is it all the cops that are literally killing innocent people with a mental health disorder are always found not guilty for straight MURDER… It's some fucking bullshit..but you bet your ass your ass is going straight to the gallows for killing a corrupt cop..it's the fucking jury…they straight pick the jury that is biases and racial..

  50. THE CYCLE: Mother and Father allow their child to be Put On Pharmaceuticals in Kindergarten… from there More of the Same.. It's all by Design to Destroy America… now tell me "Who is the Pharmaceutical Mafia"

  51. These people should not be having children. This country is wildly out of control. The united states of bastards. These doctors today are mis prescribing medications and mis diagnosing creating these nut cases. This is all money making for the housing,medical and state and federally funded companies. Just like the fentanol epidemic. All about the money. These are the collateral damage.

  52. I’m not as educated as I like to be on this topic yet, but in Chris’ situation, I feel like his family triggers him .. a lot & I low key feel as though they contributed to his progression in some way. Idk, something doesn’t sit well in regards to his family. This is solely observation 🤷🏾‍♀️ but this video & message was dope!!

  53. How can I be trained and work with my local police about mental health? I suffered with mental health and am stable. I have been around many people on the street with mental health and know how to interact with these people who suffer with mental health. In college I who’ve taken psychology courses and do have knowledge of mental disorders. But the main thing I do know is how to interact with these people even in high stress situations. Please guide me in how I can get involved. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt or killed at all. Everyone deserves a right to live.

  54. If they must shoot why not below the waist? Maybe you American's will laugh at that , but to shoot to kill everytime, WTF!

  55. Damn pigs. If I say I’m gonna eat a bullet that’s my business, not some pork roast. It’s all still about control. It’s better to be dead and free than putting up with their horseshit.

  56. I suffer from mental illness and im terrified of dying by police. Its not thier fault for lack of training but still those in charge in the force have the opportunity to try to do something about getting more training in how to help calm down those in need.

  57. Society has demonized mental illness. Instead of helping, many people feel that all mental illness is dangerous and mentally ill people are killers. How can society as a whole demonize a person with a situation that they need medical help. Its not like a mentally ill person wants to have issues. Mental illness shows no preference of race or gender. Police should use no lethal force as first resort. Its all about the training and attitude of police department that make the differance.

  58. As a mentally ill person, I’m afraid one day Ill crack and have a breakdown and Ill get shot because I have no idea what to do with myself and they have no idea what to do.

  59. The program that San Antonio police have activated is a god send, and needs to be implemented in every major cities police department…I've had personal, intimate and loving relationships with men whom suffer from mental health issues, and had to call police for their benefit, and institutionalize them as well for their own safety…Its a heart breaking situation, but it's a matter of good people not having complete control over their own mind and body!…Mental Health Training needs to be mandatory for all police officers!!

  60. Socializing Medicine would allow people with mental health issues, to receive health care, without the barrier of having to pay for services…Every civilized nations in the world had Socialized Medicine for their citizens…Only America cuts off treatment for people, whom can't afford treatment…if anyone whom cares about these people, people with cancer, people with HIV, people with any genetic disease …you need to vote for any candidate that's fight for Socialized Medicine!!

  61. The truth is that police violence has become a given. The problem is that it is growing stronger, yet you are much better than other people who cannot even scream while they are tortured

  62. What they are doing is so amazing. I’m so inspired ❤️. Mental health is hard and as someone who wants to be a police officer I hope I can help out the community like these officers are

  63. The department of veterans affairs mental health system is killing veterans they diagnosis veterans and refuse to treat them they have been trying to kill me for the past three years when I realized this I withdrew from everyone and I have isolated myself from I don't go to the va mental health clinic anymore I am filled with rage they try to kill you with poisoning medications.i stopped taking poison medication my past va psychiatrist is a liar and evil Chinese spy

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