When Police Confront the Mentally Ill

When the mentally ill are in crisis, the first and only responders are usually police officers. That can heighten the risk of a violent confrontation, which is what occurred in the case of Eric Tompkins of Ardmore last year. Some communities are trying a different approach to allow mental-health experts to intercede, in collaboration with police.

Jail Video: The Death of Corey Carter

Watch the McCurtain County Jail video in which Corey Carter is booked into the jail, refuses to don jail clothes and is eventually led into a room where a struggle leads to his death.

The Man with the Kitchen Knife

Gary Clark, schizophrenic for years, stood on his front porch one day, holding a kitchen knife and experiencing a mental-health crisis. Officers would end up shooting him with pepper balls, shocking him with a Taser and firing three bullets into him.