Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mental-health reinforcement needed for the grief brigade | Editorials | The Seattle Times

Lawmakers should listen to the grief brigade, families who have lost loved ones to untreated mental health crises. Columnist Jonathan Martin is not so sure they will.

READ HERE:  Mental-health reinforcement needed for the grief brigade | Editorials | The Seattle Times

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Family of beaten mentally ill inmate speaks out (video)

"I had a lot of respect for the Police Department," Flack said. "But this right here? I don't know if I can trust them, you know? Because if you're going to do somebody that's disabled like that, who else are you going to hurt?"

Sister said her brother needs treatment, not jail & certainly not a beating!

The sister of the Knox County inmate at the center of a beating investigation said her brother took a swing at officers but suffers from mental illness and needs treatment, not jail.

Rosa Flack said Saturday she was shocked when she saw video of her brother, Louis Warren Flack, 52, being subdued the morning of Nov. 28 at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. The footage from a jail security camera led to an internal investigation that resulted in one officer being fired, another quitting and two others being suspended.

“That hurt me so bad to see them beat my brother down like this,” the sister said.
The video released by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office shows officers punching and kneeing Flack, who was jailed on a charge of aggravated assault, while another officer shoots video. Authorities haven’t released that video and have refused to say whether the officers involved will face criminal charges.
Flack’s sister said she believes he tried to hit one of the officers but says that’s no excuse for how he was treated.
He “swung at them one time, and they beat hell out of him,” she said.
Flack said her brother developed mental and emotional problems when their mother died in 1993. After serving in the military, he worked as a roofer and then went on disability because of his mental problems, she said.
“He feels like there is three different voices in him,” she said.
She said her younger brother tried and failed to get treatment for Flack, who refused to take medication. That same day, Flack beat the brother with a shovel and went to jail, she said.
“I told police several times he has got bipolar disorder where you hear different voices,” she said.
Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones wouldn’t respond to the sister’s claims Saturday.
“I’m unable to comment at this time with the possibility of litigation pending,” he said.
He didn’t give specifics.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TB4T Crowdsourcing Congress Project!

Please help us help Rep. Tim Murphy educate lawmakers to support policy change to fix our broken mental healthcare system by joining our Crowdsourcing Congress Project! 1) Please look up at your legislator.; 2) Add your name to the column for Tb4T members in your representative's district. 3) Write, email, phone, FB message and tweet your representative, and put what you've done and what you've heard by your name. 4) Please share!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Homeless Woman Missing 2 Years Last Seen in Knoxville

The Knoxville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person. Sharon Leinart, also known on the street as Angela, has been homeless in the Knoxville area for about the last eleven to thirteen years and has not ventured away from this area. It is abnormal not to see her around the Knoxville area. Sharon gets a disability check that is direct-deposited into an account, but there has been no activity recorded on the account. Sharon has not been seen since January 23, 2013, and at that time it was indicated that Sharon made the statement "a man offered her a nice warm room." Ms. Leinart was reported missing by her sister in Indiana.

Sharon Leinart
DOB: 10-28-54
Originally from Indiana
Race: White
Sex: Female
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Dyed Strawberry Blond (originally brown)
Hair: Shoulder Length and straight
Complexion: Medium

Sharon typically wears several layers of clothing which usually consists of any kind of hat, waist-length or long jackets and coats, blue jeans, and sunglasses. She also wears a lot of blue eye shadow and red blush on her face. Sharon typically wears rings and red nail polish. She smokes Marlboro cigarettes and will buy different color of boxes.

Anyone with information on Ms. Leinart or her whereabouts is asked to contact the Knoxville Police Department’s crime information line at 865-215-7212.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rockwood officers rescue disabled man lost in the woods for more than two days

Officers rescue disabled man lost in the woods for more than two days

4 Things Leaders Need to Know About Mental Health

Contrary to common perception, mental illness is a problem that is neither new nor unique to the developed world ...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mayor cites mental illness as factor in Albuquerque police shootings, calls for legislation.

The Associated Press
Demonstrators gather in front of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 to protest a police shooting that happened Tuesday that left a suspect dead. Albuquerque police shot and killed a suspect Tuesday they say was dressed in body armor and pulled a gun on them after a foot chase, an incident that follows a string of shootings that have prompted public protests, federal scrutiny and even charges from a local prosecutor. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) 


County Committee Wants To Have A Say In Greene Valley Property If Facility Closes - The Greeneville Sun: Local News

County Committee Wants To Have A Say In Greene Valley Property If Facility Closes - The Greeneville Sun: Local News