‘Disastrous results’: Mentally ill people face fatal risks with police | Features

SALEM, Oregon (AP) – One summer night, Misty Castillo walked out of her home in Salem, Oregon, called 911 and called the police, saying her son was mentally ill, was assaulting her and her husband and was carrying a knife.

“He’s drunk, he’s high and he’s mentally ill,” Castillo told the emergency staff, again emphasizing her son’s mental state. Less than five minutes later, a police officer broke into the house and shot Arcadio Castillo III as he stood, as his mother later said, “frozen like a deer in the headlights.”

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