mental illness

Law Enforcement
4:19 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Training South Florida Police Officers In Mental Health

Catherine Daniels Brown (left) and Marsha Brown (right) son Lavall Hall was shot dead by police in Miami Gardens. The officers were trained in dealing with mentally ill people.
Credit José A. Iglesias / Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade Crisis Intervention Team trains police officers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties on how to respond to calls that involve someone who is mentally ill.

The CIT had trained more than 4,500 police officers across 35 police departments.

In February, 25-year-old Lavall Hall was killed by a Miami Gardens police officer. He suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Police say Hall was carrying a broom and attacked two officers.

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8:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New Film Shines Light On Florida’s Prison Houdini

Documentary director Gabriel London has spent 13 years working on Mark DeFriest’s story.
Credit DOC NYC/flickr

In the early 1980s, a series of escapes earned Mark DeFriest the nickname Prison Houdini.

In 1979, DeFriest was a 19-year-old mechanic living in a rural area outside of Tallahassee. Then he was arrested for stealing his own tools -- the tools were inherited from his father, but DeFriest took them before his father’s will had gone through probate. His stepmother called the police, and DeFriest fled. That began his decades-long odyssey behind bars.

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