Another bipolar man has died due to the lack of training in dealing with the mentally ill, and the family has filed suit against the police department as a result, according to JusticeNewsFlash.com.
These kinds of deaths are so totally unnecessary, and it pisses me off to know that any one of us could be killed by police, just because they are totally clueless about how to deal with mentally ill people who are in crisis. This seems to be a bit more than just ignorance though, since Mr. Cardall’s family claims that after tasing him twice on his bare chest, police officers left him laying face down in the dirt, totally ignoring his wife’s requests that they check and make sure he didn’t need medical attention.
When someone did finally notice that Mr. Cardall’s lips were blue, police refused to allow his pregnant wife to accompany him to the hospital, instead transporting her to the jail and placing her in custody without probable cause. Her questions about her husband’s condition were ignored while officers interrogated her, and she was not even allowed to get a clean diaper for the baby she had with her.
Police claim that they spent an entire 42 seconds ordering Mr. Cardall to get down on the ground before tasing the unarmed, naked man. They also claim that Mr. Cardall was “charging” the officer who tased him, however, this claim is disputed by a witness to the event, who says that Mr. Cardall took one step toward the officer and was immediately fired on.
This kind of behavior is completely unacceptable in any police force. Mentally ill people are NOT criminals, nor are their family members, and simple human decency would dictate that a wife be allowed to accompany her husband to the hospital even if the police felt it necessary to place her in restraints and take her into custody to do so.