Senator Casey Introduces Bills To Change The Way Police Respond To Mental Health Incidents

Senator Casey Introduces Bills To Change The Way Police Respond To Mental Health Incidents

Posted: May 10, 2021 / 04:51 PM EDT
/ Updated: May 10, 2021 / 04:51 PM EDT (WKBN) – Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey spoke about police dealing with people with mental health issues on Monday.

He claims that 25 to 50 percent of police shootings involve a person with a disability. “At a time where we are divided on so much, we ought to be able to come together to help people with disabilities at a time with crisis and also, help our law enforcement officials at the same time,” Senator Casey said.

He plans to bring forward two bills on Tuesday. One would transfer non-criminal complaints to mental health and human services. The second would give police training when dealing with people who have mental health issues. Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran will join Senator Casey in introducing these bills.

Senator Casey also said there’s too much strain on police officers. Recent Supreme Court decision impacts Valley police reform discussions

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