March 28, 2012Media Contact: Pastor Kenneth Glasgow
Mom Called Police To Help
Mentally Ill Son, Not Kill Him
5 Major Alabama Mental Health Institutions Closing Down – Police Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Man
Dr. Kenneth Glasgow, founder of The Ordinary People Society, Inc. (TOPS), working with his brother, NationalPeople are dying! Proper training, accountability and transparency is the urgent call!” In addition to the delugeth in Headland, Alabama concerning the insensitive, senseless
– Email: Topssociety@Yahoo.Com
Action Network Founder, Rev. Al Sharpton on the Trayvon Martin case, also met with Dr. Martin Luther King, III,
Rev. Jesse Jackson, NAACP Chair, Ben Jealous, Judge Greg Mathis, Michael Eric Dyson and Mark Thompson of Sirius
Radio, after attending the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Ada Sharpton, has asked several legislators such as Sen.
Harrianne Smith, Rep. Dexter Grimsley, Dr. Yvonne Kennedy of Mobile, Alabama and many other elected officials
and representatives to sponsor a bill requiring mandatory use of deadly force yearly recertification training for
police officers in Alabama. “We also need better standards for the Open Records Act in Alabama. Glasgow states,
of support received by Dr. Glasgow, Rev. Al Sharpton, after eulogizing his mother, told the father, mother and sister
of the victim that he is backing is brother 100%.
O’Patrick Humphrey, an unarmed mentally ill man was a victim of excessive force when he was gunned down by
police officers several weeks ago. Had the officers been properly trained there would have been no reason for
O’Patick Humphrey to die. A police officer should not have a firearm as his/her one and only option in dealing
with any citizen, especially the mentally challenged. Had the other options available to officers who are proper
training been used, a resolution may have been achieved without the loss of O’Patrick Humphrey’s life.
5 major Alabama mental health institutions are closing down leaving the patients with nowhere to go for help.
Police officers may have to interact with these patients as they transition into mainstream life with family and
friends, while some may even be left to live on the street. Alabama correction officers work without firearms and
are required to attend mandatory excessive force training in addition to training in dealing with and restraining
mental health patients who are incarcerated in jails and prisons. However, Alabama police officers, who perform
their work with firearms/guns, and are called to resolve issues involving the mentally ill, under current Alabama
legislation, are not required to have any mandatory training in use of deadly force.
A march and rally scheduled for Friday, April 14 was very successful with hundreds attending of all races.
death of O’Patrick Humphrey, to address the issue and introduce a bill that will put some mechanisms in place to
assist police with handling excessive force situations in general and with the mentally ill. The O’Patrick Humphrey
bill package will bring about accountability, transparency and public safety for all.
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