BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – A family friend of Keith Vidal, 18-year-old teen with schizophrenia killed during a struggle with law officers, is pushing for a law that would ensure officers have proper training when handling situations involving individuals with mental disabilities.
Anthony Owens has submitted a 124 page document to State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) proposing that all law officers in North Carolina be required to take a standard 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.) Course.
The proposed law is below
Keith's law: A proposal
The purpose of this bill is to enact a law that would require all Public Safety and Police Officers responding to calls, attend a Mandatory Crisis Intervention Training and Certification class in the State of North Carolina. As many may already know, there are already preexisting laws and acts to provide this type of invaluable training to our officers for free. In the text of this bill I will lay out my plan for establishing a direct connection between police departments and Crisis Intervention Professionals. As well as outline funding sources which will make this training available to any and all Law Enforcement Agencies in The State and or Nation. I drafted this Bill in the name of a close friend that died. Keith Vidal was a young man in need of help. Someone with the proper training could have easily deescalated the situation, to where deadly force wasn't required. There are many different instances of this happening in our state. Just recently a man by the name of Jonathan Ferrell was shot 10 times by an officer as he approached them for help after a car accident in Mecklenburg County, NC. The following pages will document cases in which Crisis Intervention Training may have prevented tragic outcomes when dealing with mentally ill subjects.
The full document can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1gsZ8Mb
Southport Detective Bryon Vassey, was indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of Keith Vidal. Vidal was supposed to have been having a schizophrenic episode when law officers responded to 911 calls for help from his home.
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