Take away police power to deal with mental health (section 136 of the mental health act)

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There is a problem in the UK, currently the police have the power to 'section' those in mental health crisis, often this results in the use of force, police in my experience have floored people (to restrain them and secure them into police 'care', usually placing the person in crisis in handcuffs) often onto concrete or tarmac, resulting in physical injury, broken bones or even brain damage. I think that the police should not be allowed to deal with mental health calls, and all calls should be diverted to the ambulance service instead. The very fact that police are sent to these 'jobs' shows societies misunderstanding of metal illness, it views the mentally ill people as criminals (dangerous ones at that), I think that it is time we started to accept that mental illness is illness, like any other illness, its not criminality, thus the ambulance service must deal with mental health calls, not the police.  



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