Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning's Home with Guns Drawn - in a 'Wellness Check'
Lee, Micah; Speri, Sperihttp://theintercept.com/2018/06/05/chelsea-manning-video-twitter-police-mental-health/
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 05/06/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22636
A video recording of a 'wellness check' by police in Maryland, USA, shows police officers arriving with weapons drawn. The incident sheds light on a very disturbing police procedure and whether law enforcement should be called at all as first responders in matters of mental health.
Welfare checks like this, usually prompted by calls placed to 911 by concerned friends or family, too often end with police harming - or even killing - the person they were dispatched to check on.
Manning was out of the country at the time of the incident, said Janus Cassandra, a close friend who was on the phone with her that night. "If Chelsea had been home when these cops arrived with guns drawn, she would be dead."