Gothamist: A Year and a Day After Raul de la Cruz Shooting, Another Mental Health Crisis Call Ends in Police Violence

March 29, 2024

Baerga v. City of New York, CCIT-NYC, Disability Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Media Coverage, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response, de la Cruz vs. NYC

Three New York Police Department vehicles parked in front of a building


In this Gothamist exclusive, Raul de la Cruz, a man shot multiple times by the police, and left within an inch of his life, while experiencing a mental health crisis last year, and his family discuss the trauma inflicted on them in what was they hoped would have been a non-police, mental health crisis call. Another shooting in Queens this week has ended in the death of Win Rozario, a 19-year-old who called 911 for help while experiencing a mental health crisis.

“It’s heartbreaking that just as Mr. de la Cruz asks the courts for justice, yet another New Yorker has been shot by the police while experiencing a mental health crisis. New York City must transform its response system. Non-police response teams save lives, de-escalating dangerous systems by providing people with the help they need.” – Marinda van Dalen, Litigation director, NYLPI

Read more via Gothamist.

Read NYLPI’s statement here.

Read CCIT-NYC‘s statement here.

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