THREAD: Today, 8/17, should've been #MichelleCusseaux’s 56th birthday. In her honor, we told stories of Black women killed by police when help was needed & killers came.

If we don't fight for Black women now, we'll have more stories like these. The following policies would help:
We make the call to defund the police and divert those resources back to where they were taken from: mental health services, domestic violence services, shelters for people without homes, education, and increasing jobs #MentalHealthMonday
We make the call to end the practice of sending officers to mental health and domestic disturbance calls. Officers should not be first responders to mental health crisis calls #MentalHealthMonday
We make the call that police officers are required to respect gender identity and expression in all police interactions, searches, and placements in police custody #MentalHealthMonday
We make the call for the development of the exclusive use of non-law enforcement Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to non-violent incidents countrywide involving people with behavioral health crises #MentalHealthMonday
We make the call for resources to be diverted away from policing, which is often fatal to those with mental health diagnoses, to alternative non-law enforcement responses to a mental health crisis #MentalHealthMonday

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