With mental illness, police are in a no-win situation

With mental illness, police are in a no-win situation

Supplied by Douglas County Sheriff’s OfficeMatthew Riehl killed a Douglas County deputy and wounded 4 regulation enforcement officers on Dec. 31 after they responded to a home disturbance name at a Highlands Ranch residence complicated. At varied factors over the previous three years, Riehl’s dad and mom, pals who served with him within the Wyoming Nationwide Guard, professors at his former regulation faculty and regulation enforcement officers in two states all expressed concern about his psychological well being.

What a quandary the Colorado police are in. In the event that they detain somebody for psychological well being points, the ACLU will sue them and their cities. In the event that they don’t detain these folks (for their very own security and the general public’s), then they’re sued by the victims of those unstable folks. How can the police fulfill each side? They’ll’t. It’s a no-win.