WITHIN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.
TWO SEPARATE STABBINGS ENDED WITH THE SUSPECTS BEING
SHOT AND KILLED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
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BOTH OF THE ALLEGED ASSAILANTS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE
BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER JOINS US WITH MORE ON
HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DEALING WITH THIS.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - EXPERTS WILL TELL YOU THAT WHEN
DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS YOU NEED TO DE-ESCALATE
THE SITUATION IF POSSIBLE.
MADISON AND DANE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN
ON THE LEADING EDGE OF THAT KIND OF TRAINING.
unfortunately when that happens people see mental
illness at it's worst.
TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS IN THE SPAN OF TWO DAYS THAT
LEFT FIVE PEOPLE STABBED AND TWO OTHERS SHOT TO DEATH.
ONE INVOLVED 50-YEAR-OLD DEAN CACCAMO - ACCUSED OF
BEATING TWO FAMILY MEMBERS, THEN STABBING TWO DANE
COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES.
A THIRD DEPUTY SHOT AND KILLED CACCAMO.
LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER, LONDRELL JOHNSON IS ALLEGED
TO HAVE STABBED THREE OF HIS NEIGHBORS ON EAST WASHINGTON.
TWO OF THEM DIED - JOHNSON WAS FATALLY SHOT BY MADISON
THE COMMON DENOMINATOR - BOTH CACCAMO AND JOHNSON
WERE REPORTELY DIAGNOSED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS.
it is out there everyday.
it is when some kind of tragedy happens that people
stop an take a look and pay attention.
BONNIE LOUGHRAN IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NAMI
DANE COUNTY - AN ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION FOR THE MENTALLY
SHE SAYS A LACK OF SERVICES TO TREAT THE MENTALLY
ILL ALLOWS SOME TO FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS
what with spending cuts in terms of resources available
to people with mental illness the criminal justice
system has unfortunately become a defacto mental health
WHICH IS WHY MADISON POLICE NOW OFFERS TRAINING AT
TO TEACH OFFICERS HOW TO DE-ESCALATE SITUATIONS INVOLVING
THE MENTALLY ILL.
every time we have an incident such as the ones that
we've seen lately we pause again to take another look
and are always evaluating the training that we provide,
the information that we are able to obtain and share
with officers to better prepare them the best service
AN EVOLUTION THAT MENTAL HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES APPLAUD
- BUT SAY IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET TO THE ROOT OF
THE PROBLEM - IT STARTS WITH TREATING THE ILLNESS.
the reality is people with mental illness with effective
treatment and service - they recover.
BOTH THE MADISON POLICE AND DANE COUNTY SHERIFF WORK
CLOSELY WITH NAMI DANE COUNTY TO DEVELOPE STRATEGIES
FOR DEALING WITH THE MENTALLY ILL.
THIS SEPTEMBER NAMI IS GOING TO OFFER A 40-HOUR CRISIS
INTERVENTION TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS IN THE COUNTY.
FOR HIS PART SHERIFF DAVE MAHONEY SAYS THAT AS WE
MOVE FORWARD - HOW WE DEAL WITH THESE KINDS OF INCIDENTS
WILL HELP TO DEFINE US AS A COUNTY.
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