These mental health crises ended in fatal police encounters. Now, some communities are trying a new approach

These mental health crises ended in fatal police encounters. Now, some communities are trying a new approach

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While police departments have come under heightened scrutiny in recent months amid a racial reckoning stemming from fatal encounters with Black Americans, so have their actions in mental health emergencies. Experts and communities across the US are taking a hard look at whether law enforcement should be the first line of response.

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