- Associated Press - Monday, January 28, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine task force that reviewed police officers’ use of deathly force is calling for expanded access to inpatient mental health care and crisis stabilization.

The report released Monday says police are facing more calls seeking help for individuals in crisis involving issues such as mental health and substance use. The report said more officers should receive crisis intervention training and work with local crisis agencies.

The report reviewed 10 incidents involving officers’ use of deadly force between 2015 and 2016.

Four incidents unfolded within one minute, and firearms were often present. Police officers used deadly force on eight individuals living with mental health challenges, just two of whom were known to be receiving treatment.

Seven individuals had recently experienced a loss, and six had previously engaged in domestic violence.

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