A man killed by police Thursday in Broomfield's Aspen Creek subdivision long struggled with mental illness, his family said.
Kyle Miller, 21, was shot by police Thursday morning after pointing a gun at officers near the intersection of Aspen Street and Durango Avenue. The family said they warned officers that the gun was a plastic Airsoft gun.
The family had called 911 early that morning because Kyle Miller had a knife and was trying to harm himself, she said. Kyle struggled with schizoaffective bipolar disorder, which was a factor in his recently losing his job as an emergency medical technician. Cheryl Miller said the disappointment caused him to hurt himself.
A mentally disturbed man is dead and a Baltimore City police officer is at Shock Trauma after a children's birthday party in northeast Baltimore went horribly wrong.
Witnesses tell ABC2 the suspect was at a children's party when he became upset and began throwing things. He was asked to leave but returned through the back door and continued to disrupt the gathering. At this point police were called and when they arrived they shot the man after a struggle.
The family of a mentally ill Bainbridge Island man who was shot by police and then left to bleed to death can pursue their lawsuit — and seek damages for pain and suffering, even where state law would normally bar it, a federal judge has ruled.
Doug Ostling was shot and killed in his apartment in 2010 after he made a rambling 911 call. When police arrived, he told them there was no emergency and asked them to leave, but officers said they saw him inside with an ax. They first hit him with a Taser, then shot him twice as he apparently tried to close the door. The bullets that killed him passed through the door.
For the next 80 minutes, the officers cordoned off the apartment, called in SWAT officers and prevented paramedics from entering as Ostling's mother, father and sister urged police to let them check on him. Ostling bled to death of a gunshot wound to his leg.
A heart-wrenching video showing a Vancouver police officer appearing to shoot a mentally ill man as he crawls on his hands and knees has set off a new investigation, five years after Paul Boyd was killed.
"I still, after five years, do not understand this. And I don't understand why there hasn't been some sort of justice brought upon this," said Danny Antonucci, an animator who worked side-by-side with Paul Boyd and considered him a friend, according the Regina Leader-Post.
"That video is absolutely heart-breaking. It's heart-breaking. To see Paul crawling on his hands and knees and to have some ignorant person shoot a gun into his head, I mean, it's just insane."
The new video, captured by Andreas Bergen, a tourist from Winnipeg, who was visiting Vancouver with friends, begins with the seventh bullet being fired into Boyd's body, CTV reports.
The 39-year-old, who had a successful career as an animator, also had bipolar disorder and had not taken his medication that day.
Police had been called to the busy intersection the evening of Aug. 13, 2007, after a 911 call and were confronted by Boyd, who witnesses said was swinging a bike chain.
Boyd appears to drop his weapon and begins making guttural sounds. He then starts crawling on all fours towards a group of constables until a stopped car obscures the view.
Const. Lee Chipperfield, who was the only officer to shoot at him — the fatal bullet striking Boyd in the head — was neither charged nor disciplined after the shooting in August 2007.
Chipperfield, who shot Boyd eight times in a span of 80 seconds, testified at a coroner's inquest that he believed Boyd was still armed.
Three police officers told the inquest they still felt threatened by Boyd after he was shot and crawling towards the cops, 570News reports.
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Such stories are severely common and it needs to end. There is a high level of discrimination against the mentally ill and often times the perpetrators of this heinous crimes are unpunished and even given paid leave. That's pretty much a paid vacation until things cool off which is the norm for police departments. Do we all need to advocate Police Officer Training in How to Properly Deal with the Mentally ill? Such programs are necessary in my opinion but will only occur when people speak out. A few PD's had such programs but cut them at the beginning of the last recession around 2010. Most have never had such programs.
Most importantly realize the police view you as a severe threat regardless of what you do and be aware of your legal rights involving police encounters. [Many sites are available and offer free videos and pamphlets on such things which can be viewed online as well.]
I have unfortunately had to deal with police personally due to discrimination where I live. That is to say everything I do seems to be a reason to call the police on me despite breaking no laws.
Types of police calls I've had:
*Putting a couch out the evening before pickup day due to leaving town
*Walking down the sidewalk at night
*Walking past the High School at night [it's on a main road and the path must be taken to reach the grocery store and gas station both of which are 24/7
*walking down the street
*sitting on my porch
*sitting on my roof
And many other similar mundane things. My neighbors know about my mental illness due to over-talkative relatives who blab private matters.
On the other side of things I've called the police due to four people trying to break in and was ignored. Not a single police car was issued out and the dispatcher was a bitch. I ended up arming myself and confronting the four people and watching them run off. A second call resulted in them claiming they would send someone out and they never did. The four people were down the street for 15 minutes and I sat outside for nearly two hours and not one cop even patrolled the area.
I've also called about people trespassing, breaking down my fence [happened multiple times], people refusing to leave my property [one was even cutting metal on my property and nearly sparked a fire] and police always give me the whole "Well there isn't anything I can do but I can go talk to them" excuse. Once i was even barricaded inside by multiple people with a couch that was on the porch and my property vandalized. Again i got the usual speech.
I've even had incidents where a random thug pulled a knife on me and I defended myself [via Martial Arts] and I got threatened to be arrested while the one with the knife was let go.The whole incident started because he came up and started grabbing on and pushing a female acquaintance of mine and when i pushed him off her, he pulled a knife on me and tried to stab me multiple times. I quickly disarmed him and gave him a frightful beating until he fled.
Yet when I was 12 [5'1 110lbs back then] and didn't listen to my drunken stepfather, they attempted to mace me and take me down for refusing to go inside the house [stepfathers order].[Dodged a faceful of mace] Just for not listening. Even though I had fist shaped bruises which they photographed, nothing was done.
I and others I have spoken to have had the same issues locally and nothing has been done.