In Atlanta, people are often jailed for mental health, poverty and substance abuse issues. Brandon Russ and Norma Loyd, harm reduction specialists with the Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative, are working to change that. Read more: Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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13 thoughts on “Mental illness is not a crime. Police should not respond like it is. | Opinion”
  1. WaPo isn't guilt free for mental illness in America. When you repeat the same messages every day, to brainwash your audience, that audience becomes trained to hate. Remember how Islamophobic the country became after 9/11? It became that way because every single day the press posted the same images of people jumping from buildings. Same goes for today with politics, or other fears.

  2. Being a threat is a crime. Mental illness or not. Pathetic excuse to cover for criminals and blame police officers.

  3. I object to the Equality Act proposed by the Democratic Party.
    The Equality Act is a lie. From the Father of lies, Save Us, O Lord.
    God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

  4. But shooting someone is. Assaulting someone is. Making excuses for professional victims?? 😂😂😂

  5. If we defunded Billionaires we could have a 100 Million Cops and everyone would work… even the Wealthy could do patrols sort of like joining the Army or something that the Rich are afraid to do it seems…. as a Vet I've never met a Wealthy Vet, at least not in Active Duty. Me <– I Volunteered for the Draft 72 – 74

  6. CNN Chinese news network has caused more death and destruction in America than any other network.

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