Study finds mentally ill more likely to be arrested, harmed by police

A British Columbia study suggests about 40 per cent of people with mental illness have been arrested at some point during their lifetime. The study also suggests the mentally ill are over-represented compared to others in police shootings, stun-gun incidents and fatalities.
Mentally ill people tend to have more negative attitudes toward police in comparison to the general population, however 85 per cent indicated police treated them respectfully, the study found.
The study’s chief investigator was Johann Brink, the clinical services director at the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission at UBC, and involved other professors and researchers at UBC, Simon Fraser University, the University of South Florida and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
This story also appeared on Global.

Canadian Press, Fri Mar 9 2012, By: Terri Theodore, Link to full text