Local police: Mental health issues must be priority
After President Barack Obama unveiled his gun violence package last week, several local police chiefs emphasized one point: the need to address mental health.
“It’s such a complicated issue, and we always focus on guns because that’s the easiest thing to focus on,” Huntley Police Chief John Perkins said. “I’m not saying it’s good or bad; I’m just saying the real issue is mental health issues.”
Obama’s executive orders acknowledge the problem, including releasing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to the police.
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