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Police Face Choice of Handcuffs or Helping Hand For Mentally Ill

By Adeshina Emmanuel

The 7th Police District, which covers Englewood, West Englewood and a small part of Greater Grand Crossing, had the third-largest number of mental-health related 911 calls in 2014.

Lena Coleman ran into the bathroom of her West Pullman home to escape her attacker, who was ranting about Satan. The 69-year-old locked the door, climbed out the window and fled to a neighbor’s house where she called 911. Police came looking for the attacker – her son, Phillip. He …read more

Source: Chicago Reporter

Category: Cover Story, Criminal Justice, Health, 911, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Police Department, CIT, Cook County Jail, Crisis Intervention Team, first responders, mental health, NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness

    

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