The Line: How Police Officers Handle People Experiencing Mental Illness

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November 17, 2017 – The Santa Fe New Mexican reported this week on the response by a crisis negotiation team in the police department to a call with a man in crisis who was schizophrenic. Anthony Benavidez was shot and killed by police officers after barricading himself inside his apartment. The response by police is raising new questions about how officers and specialized responders are trained for such calls. Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists react to the story this week on New Mexico in Focus.

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management

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