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Deputy who killed teen's family was in police custody in 2016

Deputy who killed teen’s family was in police custody in 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff’s deputy who killed the family members of a 15-year-old California girl he tried to sexually extort online was arrested in 2016 for a psychiatric evaluation following to death threats for him and his father, years before joining law enforcement, according to a police report. This raises new questions …

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Mental health issue missed when police hired man who later killed 3 people in Riverside

Mental health issue missed when police hired man who later killed 3 people in Riverside

Virginia State Police officials on Wednesday (Dec. 7) admitted to botching the background check that allowed Austin Lee Edwards, the man who killed three members of a Riverside family in November, to enter the agency academy in 2021. Edwards was taken for a mental health assessment in 2016 after cutting himself, biting his father and …

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Melanie Dallas: Highland Rivers will implement a new model

Melanie Dallas: Highland Rivers will implement a new model

It’s no secret that we in the public sector use a lot of abbreviations: CSB, which stands for Community Service Board, a Georgia public safety net behavioral health service provider, such as Highland Rivers Behavioral Health ; DBHDD, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, which is Georgia’s statewide behavioral health agency; and SAMHSA, …

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People close to suspect of school trespasser killed by police call for more mental health awareness

People close to suspect of school trespasser killed by police call for more mental health awareness

People close to Romen Phelps gathered outside Dreyfoos School of the Arts on Saturday to honor his memory and help break the stigma of mental illness. The family of Romen Phelps, 33, say mental health issues played a direct role in what happened on May 13 at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Never miss a …

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Fatal police shooting: Mental health care given to Jerrim Toms under scrutiny during inquest

Fatal police shooting: Mental health care given to Jerrim Toms under scrutiny during inquest

The officers who shot Jerrim Toms were unaware of his history of mental health issues. Photo: Provided A 29-year-old mentally ill man shot dead by police – including eight shots fired as he fled – was a ‘brilliant, genuine and honest’ man, whose condition deteriorated with methamphetamine use, according to a coroner’s inquest heard today. …

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