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Handcuffed and Pepper Sprayed: A 9-year-old’s Encounter with Police Cries Out for Appropriate Mental Health Response

The fact that accessible and adequate mental and emotional support are not easily available for all children and families is a systemic failure. The realization that in a moment of severe crisis the guardians’ only option was to call the police is a systemic failure. And, if we can be brutally honest – we do not believe that the officers in question started their day with the intent of using pepper spray on a child.
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