DWB Series:Police Shoot Man 43 Times In Tennessee- again?

Alonzo Heyward 32, year old Black male was shot 43 times after a standoff with police. Chattanooga police spokeswoman described as suicide by cop.[Suicide by cop is a suicide method in which a suicidal deliberately acts in a threatening way, with the goal of provoking a lethal response from a law enforcement officer, such as being shot to death. http://www.wikipedia.org]

This was truly a tragedy for both the family of Heward and the officers involved.

…59 rounds to kill him on July 18. The medical examiner found 43 bullet wounds in his chest, face, arms, hands, legs, buttocks and groin. Police contend Heyward was a danger to others and threatened the six officers. -Associated Press

His father, James Marine, 61, does not believe Heyward really wanted to kill himself or that he was trying to commit “suicide by cop.”

“He just needed somebody to talk to,” Marine said. … “I believe he was just depressed at that time.”

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The issue of Black male stress for so-called Ex-Offenders and the lack of opportunities and proper rehabilitation placement. In my many discussions with professionals who work in the metal health field, they have concluded that the criminal justice system does not have the tools, personnel, or resources to properly deal with a vast majority of the inmates who go misdiagnosed. Yet the strategies are formed in a way to encourage criminal justice in the lives of those who may require services in order ti provide services.

System in need of reform.

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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and retired law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.

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