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GRAPHIC: Utah police release footage after officers shoot 13-year-old boy video:

(Click source link to view video. Warning: It is GRAPHIC) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 13-year-old Utah boy with autism was shot by police after his mother asked for help getting him hospital mental-health treatment and officers agreed to talk with him, police footage released Monday showed. The videos show Salt Lake City officers […]

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Mother of autistic boy sues Worcester police after bone broken, records withheld

WORCESTER – Worcester police broke a 10-year-old autistic boy’s arm using excessive force and have refused to release records regarding the case to his mother, a lawsuit filed this month in federal court alleges. In a 22-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Worcester Sept. 8, Lindsey M. Beshai Torres alleges two officers treated […]

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Student org reckons with mental health concerns

The month of September is Suicide Prevention Month. It’s a time for students, community members, mental health advocates and organizations to come together to promote suicide prevention awareness. Student organizations are making a push to promote mental wellness on Auburn’s campus. TJ Annerino,  senior in political science and government, is co-president of Auburn’s chapter of […]

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Cannabis Divergent News Law & Criminal Justice

Report: Marijuana led to 1 in 10 arrests in South Dakota in 2018

Marijuana laws in South Dakota are disproportionately enforced against people of color and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, according to a study commissioned by a group looking to legalize the drug for adults in South Dakota. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, the campaign committee that gathered more than 33,000 signatures to put the question of […]

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Two Kansas lawmakers walking long road to legalizing medicinal marijuana

Gail Finney and David Haley were the target of jokes and caustic blowback years ago after suggesting Kansas pass a law legalizing medical use of cannabis products. Both had family members regurgitate propaganda reminiscent of “Reefer Madness” while expressing surprise they would take a pro-pot position while federal government categorically listing marijuana as equally dangerous […]

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Mental Health And Police Violence: How Crisis Intervention Teams Are Failing

Nationwide protests over police accountability and racial justice have reenergized longstanding efforts to fundamentally change how police departments respond to someone in a mental health emergency. Many are calling for removing or dramatically reducing law enforcement’s role in responding to those crisis calls unless absolutely necessary. Since 2015, nearly a quarter of all people killed by police officers in America have […]

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Structural Violence, Social Justice, and Mental Illness

‘Structural violence’ is the term given to forces such as poverty, racism, inequality and discrimination which necessarily have an influence on people’s health including their mental health. These factors not only affect patterns of susceptibility and exposure but can also limit the effectiveness of health care systems and reduce access to services, especially among the poor. Both […]