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Across L.A. County, law enforcement looks for resources to deal with the mentally ill

Across L.A. County, law enforcement looks for resources to deal with the mentally ill

A slender young woman with brown hair stood on a Commerce street in early March, ignoring a driver’s pleas to move. 

She reached down and bent his front license plate, asked him for money and then yanked his windshield wiper off. 

She appeared agitated – from drugs, mental illness or both. As Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies prepared to use physical force to subdue her, a plainclothes deputy and a social worker, both specially trained in mental health intervention, arrived. 

Instead of trying to wrestle the woman into submission, they called an ambulance to take her to a psychiatric...

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