Adam Trammell was tasered 15 times because he wouldn’t get out of the shower. He had Schizophrenia and thought the police might be a delusion. Police had been called to bring him to the hospital where he could receive care.
For many, the nub of the problem is the way police are taught to interact from the very beginning – with so much emphasis on firearms training and personal protection, and relatively little on de-escalating confrontations.
These are just a few examples of people who have disabilities that have been killed by police. All of the deaths could have been avoided and it is incumbent upon law enforcement agencies to better train their members to ensure that lives are respected.