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In this incident in April, captured on a police officer's body camera, it took nearly two hours of negotiations and at least a dozen police officers to safely subdue a man with mental illness who had taken over an alleyway. Courtesy of city of Seattle

Seattle Faces Backlash After Easing Up On Punishing Crimes Involving Mental Illness

Seattle is grappling with a crisis of what is sometimes called “visible homelessness” — people who live in the street and struggle with mental illness or drug addiction. It’s a population that often commits small crimes, such as disorderly conduct or shoplifting to pay for drugs. And public frustration is growing. Continue Reading Seattle Faces Backlash After Easing Up On Punishing Crimes Involving Mental Illness

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