Seattle police implement new policy for handling mentally ill

SEATTLE — Seattle police have adopted a new policy this week for dealing with crisis situations involving people who are mentally ill or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It calls for a team of specially trained officers to take the lead with someone having a behavior crisis and try to de-escalate the situation when possible.

KUOW reports the policy is a response to a federal investigation that found Seattle police too often used excessive force.

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