Report: Mental health, police-involved shootings linked

DETROIT (AP) — Mental illness has been a factor in many conflicts that led to deaths of Michigan police officers or the fatal police shooting of civilians.

MLive.com reviewed police reports, court records and newspaper archives to find that 33 of the 87 people killed by police in the past five years had a history or signs of mental illness. MLive.com’s review of 43 officers who were slain in the past two decades found 13 were killed by people who showed signs of mental illness.

Police officials say they’re working to improve training for police to defuse situations.

Mental health advocates and law enforcement officials say many of the deaths could have been prevented with better mental health treatment.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com