More than half of people shot dead by NSW Police have a mental illness. ‘A potent, tragic, fatal mix’

Ian FackenderIan Fackender had struggled with schizophrenia for almost 15 years when he was shot by police after an altercation in 2017.

Key points:
35 people shot by NSW police in last 20 years
19 of those had a mental illness
All police have received a day’s training on dealing with mentally ill people in a crisis
Greens MP David Shoebridge says that training is laughable
He is just one of 35 people shot dead by NSW Police in the past 20 years and, according to newly released police data, more than half of them had a mental illness.

“Now that we’ve got the data, it does seem … people with mental illness, all too often, are the people being shot and killed by police,” said NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, who obtained the data through the Government Information Public Access Act (GIPAA).

via ‘A potent, tragic, fatal mix’: More than half of people shot dead by NSW Police have a mental illness – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)