March 4, 2017
It was just another Monday when a man walked up to the parking lot of a Rosewood grocery store – naked. He was not combative or acting erratic, Columbia police officers said. newbalance 2018 He was just standing there around 7 p.m., in mid-January. Chaussures New Balance Officers would later find his clothes about a mile away, near Devine Street. “He was looking up at the sky, and saying he was waiting on a sign,” said Capt. new balance pas cher Christopher Roberts, the area’s region commander for the Columbia Police Department. “Officers talked to him accordingly, in a calm way.”
Officers determined the man was suffering from an episode related to his mental illness. Instead of being arrested, he was taken to a hospital, Roberts said. acheter newbalance Roberts attributed the response to training Columbia police officers undergo as part of their recertification process. chaussures newbalance pas cher It’s the kind of training mental health advocates are hoping to expand to all of the state’s law enforcement agencies through proposals making their way through the Legislature.
Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, sponsor of the Senate bill, said it’s unfair to place law enforcement officers in situations they’re not trained to deal with when they’re confronted with a mentally ill person. acheter newbalance en ligne “This is to not try to deal with the issue after an arrest, but actually try to help our law enforcement officers and our mentally ill before things escalate,” Sheheen said.