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Coral Springs Police Chief: We Need Laws That Address Mental Illness

"One of the things I would say, and I don't really want to get into any politics stuff: we do have to look at the mental health side of things."

By NTK Staff | 02.22.2018 @5:08pm

Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said that he believes America needs to take a closer look at the “mental health side of things,” at a press conference on Thursday.

Pustizzi was holding the press conference to address his department’s involvement in responding to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.

The New York Times reported that Coral Springs police officers “were the first to arrive at the high school, which is in the neighboring city of Parkland.”

A reporter asked Pustizzi if his department had any interaction with the shooter. It has been reported that the authorities, including the FBI, had been made aware of the shooter’s intentions on multiple occasions.

“One of the things I would say, and I don’t really want to get into any politics stuff: we do have to look at the mental health side of things,” Pustizzi told the reporter. “You know, if the police determine that somebody maybe has an issue, it would be nice to see we have some more laws that can have somebody removed or at least occupied for a little while until their sanity is restored.”

Pustizzi then informed the reporter that the Coral Springs Police Department had no dealings with the shooter.

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