NYLPI Op-Ed: Reduce NYPD Budget to Save Black and Brown Lives by Reforming Mental Health Crisis Response

June 26, 2020

Community Justice, Disability Justice, Health Justice, Media Coverage, News, Policing and Mental Health Crises

NYLPI’s Disability Justice Director, Ruth Lowenkron, along with other prominent mental health advocates, penned a strong op-ed calling on the City to immediately reallocate a substantial portion of the NYPD budget and save the lives of Black and Brown New Yorkers by funding the proposal of the NYLPI-backed CCIT-NYC coalition to reform the City’s response to mental health crises. When people call for help about a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis, “they must receive actual help and health care, not the law enforcement response they have come to fear.” The time to act is now – this weekend, the police killed yet another man, George Zapantis, experiencing a mental health crisis.

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