Earlier last week 66-year-old Deborah Danner was fatally shot by a New York City sergeant in her Bronx apartment. Her death puts her on a lengthy list of mentally ill people who’ve been killed by police after an encounter.
Reported on the NY Times, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill say proper protocol wasn’t followed. O’Neill admits that the NYPD “failed.” Hugh had a Taser on him but used lethal force when it wasn’t necessary. De Blasio and O’Neil recognize that law enforcement need modified training on how to handle calls with people that have a mental disease.
Danner suffered from schizophrenia. On October 19, when the police was called to Danner’s apartment due to a disturbance she was involved in with her family, they found her in her room holding a pair of scissors. Officers convinced her to put the scissors down but then she picked up a bat and swung at sergeant Hugh Barry who then fired two shots to her torso, leaving her dead.
Photo source: NY Times
Hugh was stripped of his badge and gun after the incident while it’s being investigated.