Houston cops have special squad to deal with mentally ill; NY cops just shoot them

“Our goal,” Harris County Texas Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Henry says, “is to protect both sides of the badge. We are trained and skilled to protect ourselves and trained and skilled to protect the ‘consumer.’ We don’t rush into action. We understand what they are going through.”

Henry and his three deputies, accompanied by workers from Mental Health Mental Retardation of Harris County, arrive at crisis scenes in minimally marked squad cars after being dispatched by department operators or summoned by the first responding officers.

Sheriff’s crisis team ‘protects both sides of the badge’ – Houston Chronicle.

Compare: http://occupythebronx.org/2012/08/the-nypds-poor-judgment-with-the-mentally-ill/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_bumpers

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