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Police: Man with ax shot by officer
had history of mental issues

St. Petersburg Tribune, by Stephen Thompson

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Posted By:Hazymac, 9/25/2013 9:04:57 AM

ST. PETERSBURG — Once, he tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a car. Another time, by jumping into Mirror Lake. On a different occasion, he broke free of restraints at St. Anthony’s Hospital and tried to strangle himself with one of the cords attached to a machine monitoring his condition. Since the beginning of the year, Kenneth Sprankle, 27-year-old homeless man, run across police officers in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park 10 times because of his mental condition, according to both agencies. That doesn’t include the eight additional occasions when police arrested Sprankle, whether it

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As Dr. Krauthammer, a clinical psychiatrist, has said several times before, a significant percentage of people sleeping on sewer grates and underneath bridge overpasses are mentally ill. A few of these people are suicidal and/or violent toward police and civilians. Trying to put myself in the shoes of the policeman who was forced to kill Sprankle, I can sympathize with what he´s probably going through. However justified, who wants on his conscience the killing of another?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 9/25/2013 10:02:12 AM     (No. 9536031)

Back when America was a civilized country, such a person would have been institutionalized for the protection of both himself and others, and to treat him reliably. Today it seems that the only institutions housing the mentally incompetent are the Obama administration and Congress.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 9/25/2013 10:35:15 AM     (No. 9536089)

An excellent and highly readable book that explains what is wrong with America´s mental health system and how to fix it is "The Insanity Offense" by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/25/2013 12:13:15 PM     (No. 9536256)

And he was not in a mental hospital because he has rights! s/

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