Editorial: Tragedy in focus: What Walter Wallace's death reminds us about mental illness and policing

What Walter Wallace Jr.’s family wanted when they dialed 911 for the third time in a single day on Oct. 26 was for medical providers and an ambulance to come treat and rescue him — a 27-year-old Black man with bipolar disorder who was that day in the throes of a severe mental health crisis.Instead, two young and armed Philadelphia police officers arrived, to find a zombie-like man, butcher knife in hand.Police body camera video shot that day and properly released last week show Wallace’s family screaming, “He’s mental! He’s mental,” trying to stop the pair of audibly terrified officers in the …

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