Body camera video shows Sac PD de-escalate man with mental illness


3’S DANA GRIFFIN SHARES THE CONCERN AND HOW POLICE ARE RESPONDING.>>IT’S OK DANA: MENTAL HEALTH CALLS ARE BECOMING MORE COMMON FOR THE SACRAMENTO POLICE DEPARTMENT.>>IT’S DIFFICULT BECAUSE HE’S NOT HEARING OUR VOICE 95% OF THE TIME. IT’S EVERY VOICE HE’S TALKING TO. DANA: THIS IS BODY CAM VIDEO FROM AN INCIDENT INVOLVING A MAN WHO WITNESSES SAY POINTED A KNIFE AT PEOPLE NEAR FRANKLIN BOULEVARD LAST NIGHT. OFFICERS TALKED TO HIM FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR, BEFORE MAKING THIS MOVE.>>SOMETIMES THEY’RE ARMED, SOMETIMES THEY’RE NOT BUT THIS WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE TO SHOW THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SLOW THINGS DOWN AND REACH A POSITIVE OUTCOME AT THE END. DANA: THE DEPARTMENT’S NEW 40-HOUR CRISIS AND NON-LETHAL WEAPONS TRAINING BEGAN THIS YEAR IN RESPONSE TO DEADLY POLICE SHOOTINGS THAT INFURIATED SOME IN THE COMMUNITY. AND TRIGGERED SEVERAL MEMBERS OF BLACK LIVES MATTER TO QUESTION THAT TRAINING AT TUESDAY’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.>>HONESTLY, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT TRAINING IS GOING TO CHANGE THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF FOLKS THAT THINK AND BELIEVE HOW THEY WILL BUT I BELIEVE THAT IT IS A STEP THAT SHOWS EFFORT. IT SHOWS EFFORT BY OUR CITY DANA: BLM IS CONCERNED OVER WHETHER OFFICERS HAVE COMPLETED TRAINING.>>WELL, WE’RE NOT COMPLETELY THROUGH THE TRAINING RIGHT NOW. WE STILL HAVE A FEW CLASSES TO GO AND IT’LL PUT US INTO 2018. DANA: BUT THE DEPARTMENT SAYS

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