Black mental illness

Walter Wallace Jr., who was said to have suffered from mental illness, was killed on a Philadelphia street as his mother begged police not to shoot him.

Police frequently encounter people with psychiatric disabilities when someone calls 911 about a person acting unusually in public. If police perceive that person as potentially violent, the situation can quickly escalate.

The former employee claims he was hit with frying pans and beat with belts during the end of his nearly two-decade-long employment by the family.

Nine Chatham County sheriff’s deputies have been fired in the wake of the death of a 21-year-old mentally ill man in Savannah, Georgia, according to CNN. The firings follow an investigation into the death of Matthew Ajibade, who died in an isolation cell on New Year’s Day, said Gena Bilbo, the Chatham County Sheriff’s spokeswoman. […]