A new study conducted by the Portland Press Herald in Maine found that nearly half of people shot by police since 2000 were mentally ill. Forty-two percent of those shot by police in Maine had a history of mental illness, but fatality rates were even higher. Fifty-eight percent of those who died after being shot by police were mentally ill. The paper estimates that 375 of the approximately 500 people shot by police annually across the country suffer from mental illness. The paper suggests most of the officers involved in the shootings lacked proper sensitivity training that could, in theory, have resolved disputes peacefully.
— Greg Noth