New York Realized Maybe Cops Shouldn’t Treat Mental Health Crises

Starting in February 2021, New York City will send teams of trained mental health and emergency medical professionals, rather than police, to respond to 911 calls involving a mental health crisis.

The new initiative, announced Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will be trialed in two undisclosed neighborhoods, and is an attempt to deescalate the potential for police violence.

The idea of sending professionals actually trained to deal with mental health, rather than police with the capability to…