Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says her office is going to prosecute fewer low-level drug cases and steer more people to treatment. But with state budget cuts for substance abuse treatment programs on the horizon and persistent racial disparities in drug-related arrests, advocates question whether the new policy can be effective. Continue Reading
In March, Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan, was shot and killed by a police officer in suburban Atlanta. Neighbors called police when an unarmed Hill was seen wandering around his apartment complex naked. He had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Hill’s death is one example of a recent deadly encounter between police and people living with mental illness. Shootings in Dallas and Milwaukee also have made national news and sparked calls for better police training.