Stockholm’s mental health ambulance could help the U.S. rethink policing

When police in Rochester, New York, apprehended a Black man named Daniel Prude in March, he was going through a mental health crisis. He was dead shortly after police subdued him with a so-called “spit hood.”

Police say he died from “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” The Rochester police chief and command staff resigned recently.

Experts say up to a quarter of people killed by police officers have some sort of mental illness. And about 40 percent of adults with serious mental illness will come into contact with the criminal justice system during their lifetimes.


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