08/09/2011 04:51 pm ET Updated Oct 09, 2011

California's Hidden Mental Health Crisis

By SE Smith, for The Guardian:

On 5 July, police officers in Fullerton, California, responded to a call that a man appeared to be breaking into cars in a bus station parking lot. What could have been a routine call turned into a tragedy when six officers allegedly beat a 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia so severely that he fell into a coma. Six days later, Kelly Thomas was taken off life support and died.

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