The family of Arnaldo Rios, an autistic man in his 20s, is arguing police need better training to handle emergency situations involving those with mental disabilities. Nearly a week ago, a North Miami police officer shot Rios' caregiver, Charles Kinsey, in the leg after receiving a call about a man with a gun. It turns out the 911 caller mistook Rios' toy truck for a weapon. Cell phone video from the scene shows Kinsey lying down next to Rios with his hands up and yelling to officers about Rios' condition.
Class discussion: Are police receiving enough training? Are they getting the right kind of training? Do they need to better learn to defuse tense situations? Do they need to learn how to deal with people with mental disabilities or mental illness? Are police too quick to use heavily armed SWAT teams in situations that could be handled by talking and listening to the citizens involved? Are we asking police officers to do too much? How can the people in the community help police deal with these difficulties? How can police make better use of citizens’ help?
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