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OT: The News Thread

hockeylover

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Yeahhhh, that particular incident definitely wasn’t what people think it was. But given other past incidents, fair enough. Seemed pretty peaceful.
 

WellPlayed

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2020 almost got a whole lot worse:

An asteroid larger than a football field zoomed past the Earth at a distance closer than our moon in early June, and astronomers didn’t know about it until it had already passed.

The asteroid is the largest to pass near the planet in nine years, and it would have been big and fast enough to deliver a nuclear-sized explosion if it had hit Earth, according to Purdue University’s impact predictor.

We should probably invest some more money into catching these things earlier.
 

Wayward DP

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Unfortunately not, but hopefully they’re as transparent as possible.
Funny enough I now have some anecdotal reports I can share. From a source inside the Provincial Crown's office and a source who was a paramedic on scene.

'Official' version of events is that police entered the unit, Regis somehow ended up on the balcony (unclear on exact details). Regis decides that to escape the police, she is going to climb from her balcony down to the balcony of the unit below her. While attempting to climb down, she falls.
 

hockeylover

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Funny enough I now have some anecdotal reports I can share. From a source inside the Provincial Crown's office and a source who was a paramedic on scene.

'Official' version of events is that police entered the unit, Regis somehow ended up on the balcony (unclear on exact details). Regis decides that to escape the police, she is going to climb from her balcony down to the balcony of the unit below her. While attempting to climb down, she falls.
Yeah, I suppose it says a lot about the damage police have done to the trust people have in them that people would immediately believe that allegation. So still a lot of work to be done to earn that back even if there was no wrongdoing in this *particular* situation.
 

LeafGm

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And the thing is, even if there was no police wrongdoing here, you do wonder what the outcome would’ve been here if people specifically trained in mental health crisis had showed up, instead of four uniformed police officers carrying weapons.
 

hockeylover

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And the thing is, even if there was no police wrongdoing here, you do wonder what the outcome would’ve been here if people specifically trained in mental health crisis had showed up, instead of four uniformed police officers carrying weapons.
It came in as a weapons call, not a mental health call specifically. We have teams of an officer and a mental health nurse that are dispatched to mental health calls but a nurse would not have entered a unit with multiple weapons
 

Wayward DP

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And the thing is, even if there was no police wrongdoing here, you do wonder what the outcome would’ve been here if people specifically trained in mental health crisis had showed up, instead of four uniformed police officers carrying weapons.
For me this situation illustrates some of the systemic problems. It's possible that none of the cops on scene did anything to escalate or aggravate the situation, their training just didn't equip them. I mean its also possible they made it a lot worse, I am not jumping to any conclusions. The takeaway from this for me is that we need to reform the system.

But to HLs point, given that it was a weapons call, reasonable to send police. We just need police trained in deescalation.

And yeah, the earlier point about public trust is bang on too.
 

hockeylover

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There's teams of mental health professionals from various hospitals that do visit people with mental health issues and I think they're quite great but 1) there's not enough of them and 2) they still call police to escort them when visiting a person known to be violent.

If they'd like to investigate ways to funnel more money to these teams, I think that'd be great personally. More money to all mental health initiatives would be fantastic really.
 
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