Mass Shooters are Disproportionately US Veterans

Military veterans are more than twice as likely to be mass shooters

A U.S. Army soldier shares a bag of sunflower seeds with a fellow soldier, as they wait for a helicopter to pick them up in a field of barley nearly ready to harvest, outside Tall Ash Shawr, a village in northwestern Iraq, Monday, May 19, 2003. (AP/Brennan Linsley)

Editorial -- Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it’s hard to answer. It’s important to answer because it’s important for us to know whether military training is


Watchdog: Attica’s Mental Health Unit A Haven For Abuse

“In the winter time, they open all the windows to freeze us out, throw water on us, and leave the window open all night.”

Attica Correctional Facility is shown in Attica, N.Y., Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

A new report from Disability Rights New York, the federal watchdog for people with disabilities in the state, found rampant abuse and neglect within the mental health treatment unit at the Attica Correctional Facility. Under state law, people with diagnosed serious mental illness, who face punitive solitary confinement in excess of 30 days, are


‘Come Back When You’re Dangerous’: How Police Are Failing The Mentally Ill

Rather than providing the mentally ill with an opportunity to see a mental health professional, one expert says, “We say, ‘Come back when you’re in a crisis. Come back when you’re dangerous.’”

Capt. Shawn Welch sprays pepper spray into the face of Maine Correctional Center inmate Paul Schlosser, who is bound in a restraint chair, Schlosser was restrained for trying to induce self-harm.

WASHINGTON --- Natasha McKenna was killed in February by a Special Emergency Response Team officer at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Virginia. She had been shot four times with a taser while her hands were cuffed behind her back, her legs shackled, and a mask secured to her face to prevent her from spitting. The Washington Post


Watch: Police Send SWAT Team After Son Asks Them To Check On Depressed Father

Police say he brandished a gun, but a neighbor accuses them of using excessive force.


Reports: Nassau County police, in Florida, have been accused of using excessive force on a 56-year-old man, who may have possibly been suicidal. William Desmond Jr. became the victim of a SWAT raid after he refused to leave his house for police when they appeared unannounced to do a “wellness check.” The stand-off allegedly lasted for


Louisiana Prisoners Sue State For Failing To Provide Mental Health Care

Six people found not guilty by reason of insanity are being held in parish jails. Their class action lawsuit reflects a broader national problem: far too many mentally ill people are being held in prison and not receiving the care they need.

A prison guard on horseback watches inmates return from a farm work detail at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La.

On Aug. 14, a class action lawsuit was filed against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, alleging that six mentally ill prisoners had been denied access to psychiatric care despite being found not guilty by reason of insanity. The plaintiffs in the case claim that this denial of health care is a violation of their 14th Amendment right


Long Wait At VA For Mental Health Care Lead To Suicide

For years, veterans have complained about maddening waits for mental health services at VA medical centers, and a recent devastating internal investigation showed that the agency hasn’t solved the problem.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Nick D'Amico, a deeply troubled Army veteran, had been seeing a counselor every other week. But he found it next to impossible to get a follow-up appointment at the El Paso VA with a psychiatrist who could adjust his medication, according to his mother. The best the system could offer, she says, was a half-year wait for a