How America’s Criminal Justice System Became the Country’s Mental Health System
March 1, 2016

“Kevin Earley of Fairfax County, Virginia, knows too well what it’s like to be on the bad side of a police officer as a person with bipolar disorder — scared you’re about to die.

“Prior to the encounter, Kevin’s father, Pete, called police when Kevin, now 36, acted violently on a night in 2005. Kevin refused to surrender and tried to flee, thinking police were trying to hurt him. Officers blasted him twice with a Taser, shocking him with 50,000 volts of electricity each time.

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