But I repeat myself (Apologies to Mark Twain).
In the months since the death and beatification of George Floyd, a chant of "Defund the police" has arisen among several, generally very liberal, areas in America. And others have said to divert funding from cops to "social workers, mental health providers," etc, to get to the root
cause of crime. Yo libtards, we found it. It's called criminals.
Now one issue police on the streets have had to handle is people in mental health crisis, And the idiot in New York's Gracie Mansion, HIZONORDAMAER Bill de Blasio, has figured out how to handle this crisis. First, he will put his wife in charge of it. I was interested in what qualifies her for this, so I checked her bio, from Wikipedia
Chirlane Irene McCray (born November 29, 1954) is an American writer, editor, and activist. She is married to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and has been described as de Blasio's "closest advisor." She chairs the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and leads ThriveNYC. She has also published poetry and worked in politics as a speechwriter...
Yea, sounds like a mental health expert.
Well, they will not send the cops for people in mental crisis anymore. They will send in social workers and EMTs to handle these people. OK...
NYC To Send Social Workers, EMTs Instead Of Cops To 911 Mental Health Calls
New York, NY – New York City police dispatchers will soon be sending social workers and EMTs instead of police in response to some 911 calls that involve mental health emergencies and the unions representing the first responders is angry about it.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a pilot program on Nov. 10 that will launch in two of the city’s communities in early 2021 with a goal of eliminating the need for police response, FOX News reported.
“One in five New Yorkers struggle with a mental health condition,” de Blasio said. “Now, more than ever, we must do everything we can to reach those people before crisis strikes.”
“For the first time in our city’s history, health responders will be the default responders for a person in crisis, making sure those struggling with mental illness receive the help they need,” the mayor added...
...He also announced that he had put his wife, Chirlane McCray, in charge of the initiative, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor.
“This is the first time in our history that health professionals will be the default responders to mental health emergencies, an approach that is more compassionate and effective for better long term outcomes,” McCray said...
Well, my first question would be, "Mr. Mayor, I take it you will stop crisis intervention training for police. I mean, if you are not going to send them, why waste department time and money on unneeded training and skills, right?"
Well, maybe not.
...Police will be called in when there is a weapon involved or threat of harm, but the social worker will be in charge, according to the mayor...
Oh, I'm a 55 year old police sergeant with over 22 years experience. If I get called to a suspect in crisis, I will not be taking orders from some 22 year old just out of college punk on handling a man in crisis. Ain't happening, I am the adult supervision on scene. And the other adults are in agreement.
But the union that represents the EMTs that the mayor and his wife have proposed using to respond to the mental health emergencies has said that its members won’t be participating in the new initiative as it’s currently constructed, WCBS reported.
“This is a highly dangerous situation to our EMTs and paramedics at,” Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay said.
Barzilay that unless New York Police Department (NYPD) officers are also on the scene, he doesn’t plan to allow his EMTs to respond to mental health emergency calls with just a social worker, WCBS reported.
“On a daily basis, our members get assaulted as is, with the police present,” he said...
When I was a rookie officer, I got called to assist an ambulance crew with a man in crisis. I got there and a medic said, "Get in here man, he's kicking our ass!" Four medics on top of him, and he was still going nuts, and almost brook lose. I got on top of him, got one hand cuffed to the gurney, then spent over five minutes getting the second hand cuffed. And we still had to get other officers to get him under control.
I would really love to see a social worker handle a six-foot eight- inch three-hundred pound man in mental crisis under control. Hell, it took four cops and four orderlies at a hospital to get a woman under control, and then took almost thirty minutes for the sedative cocktail to tranquilize her. Again, I want to see that! I'll sit back with popcorn and beer.
NYPD and NY EMTs, stay safe, and God help you.