Dems’ New Woke Bill Swaps Police With ‘Mental Health Professionals’ During Some Emergencies

On Friday, House Democrats aimed to hold a floor vote to ram through a bill replacing police officers with “mental health professionals” in certain emergencies.

Fox News reports:

The Mental Health Justice Act would provide grants to states to hire, employ, train and dispatch mental health professionals “in lieu of law enforcement officers” during emergency calls involving at least one person with a mental illness, according to the bill’s text. The legislation was reintroduced last year by Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., who said it would reduce violence against people with mental illnesses.

“We should be connecting people in crisis to care, not tossing them in jail,” Porter said in a statement at the time. “Mental illness is not a crime, and we have to stop treating it like one. Most police officers are not trained to care for individuals experiencing mental health crises, which too often tragically leads to unnecessary violence.”

Porter’s legislation is part of a package of bills Democratic lawmakers are aiming to hold a vote on Friday ahead of the month-long August recess, according to a Republican aide. House members were advised Friday morning that “consideration of public safety legislation is possible” and additional votes are expected to take place.

Porter’s legislation is part of a package of bills Democratic lawmakers are aiming to hold a vote on Friday ahead of the month-long August recess, according to a Republican aide. House members were advised Friday morning that “consideration of public safety legislation is possible” and additional votes are expected to take place.

 

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