*Sigh* – So, so depressing.
In Florida back in 2008 an unarmed, non-violent young man whom suffered with Bipolar was shot to death by the police. Adam Phillips had been living with his mom that year as he waited for a spot to open up for him at the Drug Abuse Foundation. Yes, he was also a drug addict: one seeking help but put on the back burner like too many people.
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a stigma society clings to. People fear the unknown and the unseen. But just because one can’t see a mental illness does not make it any less deadly or severe than physical disease, or ones that can be seen under a microscope.
One would think cops should be trained to deal with people who have mental illness, especially those who are suicidal, paranoid, delusional, manic, etc. But too many cases show they have no understanding of the human brain. Such as in this case. Phillips was Biploar and addicted to drugs, it sounds like he was going through a bit of a manic episode, and for this, he is killed. Here is what happened that night, as found in the research I have read.
Adam’s had been staying with his mother, as said. Continue reading Cops Were “Justified” in the MURDER of an Unarmed, Bipolar Male, Judge Not-So-Surprisingly Finds.