MLive reporter Gus Burns and I started covering this story back in 2016 following the deaths of two police officers within 3 months in Detroit, including a WSU officer who was shot to death while protecting my own neighborhood. This is the reporting that followed.
“Mental illness played a role in 30 percent of Michigan police officer killings in the last two decades, according to an MLive analysis of police reports, court records and newspaper archives.
Of 43 officers killed in homicides since 1998, 13 were slain by people who suffered from or showed signs of mental illness, the analysis found.
Conversely, 38 percent of civilians killed by police in the last five years, 33 of 87, were diagnosed with or exhibited signs of mental illness.”
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