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I worked for 25 years in community mental health, and had several opportunities to observe brilliant and compassionate interventions by police officers with young men who were mentally ill and potentially dangerous. These officers used negotiation and calming skills to talk these people out of dangerous situations. These were each officers in small towns, rural areas, or suburban commununities. Unfortunately, big city police departments seem to take a different approach to these situations, resulting in tragedies like this one. Suicidal people generally want someone to care about them and talk them out of their impulses, or else they'd already have killed themselves. They aren't "decided" as long as they're still alive, folks!
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