These laws are insane. Mentally ill people have been responsible for some of the year’s most horrific crimes — including murders and rapes — yet authorities are nearly powerless under current law to sweep them from the streets. Accused subway pusher Naeem Davis said he was off his meds for bipolar disorder and hearing voices before victim Ki Suk Han was killed by an oncoming train last Monday.(Snip) “The state Office of Mental Health says they can’t be treated until they [show they] are a danger to themselves or others,” said DJ Jaffe, a mental-illness policy analyst.
I blame Gov. Mario Cuomo, one of NY´s worse. bet no one remembers how he tried to balance budget by releasing mental patients who were put on medication and sent to NYC.Then Koch, closed SRO apartments and voila, we have the crazies on the street. Both Democrats who should never be elected anything
Everybody get real. We have law enforcement which can only arrest when a law is broken. They can and do make things up to arrest one but they still need a valid reason even if it is a lie. Anything else is even worse tyranny than we already live under (the tyranny of law. I prefer the tyranny of man.).
If I recall, all of this kicking the homeless out on the street was the result of a supreme court ruling that said you could not lock them up unless you could show they were dangerous to themselves or others.
This problem has a long history and deep roots. It is an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. As usual, the Do-Gooders, among which Democrats are substantially over represented have their fingerprints all over it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Mental_Health_Act gives some reliable background.
The basic flaw was the optimistic fantasy that seriously mentally ill people could and should be treated at home, in the community, as outpatients. State mental hospitals were closed as though they would no longer be needed, long before the actual results of this vast social experiment were available.
The results were not as expected. Instead of State mental hospitals, the seriously mentally ill are now in jails, prisons, seedy boarding houses, shelters, and under the bridges. Such mental health care as the very worst cases get today is delivered in the penal system after they commit an offense.
No.One ,the the ACLu ,with the healp of the Suprine court released the schizophrinics from mental hospitals to mostly on the streets because the hospitals violated their civial rights. This act emptied the insane hospitals to God only knows where.
Here, if you even speak harsly to one of these street nuts you get threatened with arrest for harassing the homeless. They plague parks so badly, laying about drunk, defecating in the open, cursing at children, and begging and then cursing you when you say "No!" to their demands for ten dollars. They swarm parks where idiotic but good intentioned people drive up and hand out hundreds of sandwiches and canned goods to them. Gvt tried to stop that, but law suits and other action threats caused them to back off- the bums are like actual zombies- terrible. Parks are off limits now to regular people and families. Pretty scary.
The ACLU fought for the mentally ill to be out on the streets. The supreme court ruled the mentally ill have rights and if they do not want to be hospitalized they cannot be forced. Reagan did not dump them out on the street, as a former co-worker of mine claimed. It is the law, they cannot be hospitalized against their will and most mentally ill people do not think they are sick or need treatment. People with severe mental problems need to be cared for in mental hospitals where they are supervised as they will not take needed meds or care for themselves. It is cruel to leave them on the mean streets where many are victimized and in some instances a danger to innocent people. Often, citizens are attacked. Violent rages, mass shootings and murders happen by people who are known to be ill, but nothing could be done by family. The media claim shock and want to question why. Liberals think they are kinder, smarter and know what is best for us all. They never admit they are wrong.
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