Spectrum News 1: Police Fatally Shoot Win Rozario, a 19-Year-Old Queens Man, When Responding To a Mental Health Crisis Call

March 29, 2024

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A year and a day after the near-fatal shooting of Raul de la Cruz, Win Rozario, a 19-year-old man experiencing a mental health crisis who dialed 911 for help, was shot by police. This tragic incident points out that while New York City does have a mental health crisis response pilot program known as BHEARD; most calls are routed to police.

NYLPI has extensively advocated for Daniel’s Law, a statewide bill that will mandate the establishment of a non-police mental health crisis pilot program across the state where trained peers with lived experience are called to peacefully de-escalate crisis situations.

“What you absolutely need is a non-police response. Far too many people have been killed. Sadly, this gentleman is number 20 in the count we have going on.” – Ruth Lowenkron, director of the Disability Justice program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Read more via Spectrum News 1.

Read NYLPI’s statement here.

Read CCIT-NYC‘s statement here.

Photo: Ruth Lowenkron presenting at a CCIT-NYC event, explaining BHEARD’s outcomes over time.

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