A lesser talked about issue with police violence is the brutality and excessive force used by police against mentally ill suspects. One of the mental illnesses that have come up in police violence has been bipolar disorder. This isn’t just being happy and sad unexpectedly. Bipolar disorder patients cycle mentally between highs (mania) and lows (severe depression).
The latest incident wit police and a bipolar victim is that of Anthony Hill in Dekalb County Georgia. Police were called to a parking lot where a caller said that a man was there “acting deranged, knocking on doors and crawling around on the ground naked.” The officers did find Hill in the parking lot, on the ground without any clothes on. The officers claim that Hill lunged at them and tried to attack. In response to this alleged attack, an officer shot.
“When the male saw the officer, he charged, running at the officer,” said DeKalb County Police Chief Dr. Cedric Alexander. “The officer called to him to stop, while stepping backward. He then drew his weapon and fired two shots.”
It is being reported that the naked Anthony Hill was, indeed, unarmed when he was on the ground and an investigation will be launched. One of the issues that will be covered is if the officer that fired the fatal shot could have used non-lethal methods to restrain Hill.
Alexander said, “Yes, he was equipped with all the appropriately issued police equipment, including Taser. The chief said the officer also had pepper spray at his disposal.”