CIT Trained Cops Do The Right Thing: Avoid Shooting & Help A Family


When the police get it right
By M. Moss, first published in The Washington Post. 

“F— you pigs!”

This was last month. My son was on his side on the ground, in handcuffs, a police officer pinning down his legs, another officer holding down his upper body.

“F— you piiiiiigs!”

When it looked as though he might be scraping his face on the asphalt of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail bike path, the officers moved him, while holding him down, so his face was on the grass.

“Buddy, if you calm down, we’ll let you sit up.”

“F— you piiiigs!”

The joggers and bikers on the trail moved past, looking concerned but not stopping to turn the scene into a spectacle.

My son has a neurological disability. He didn’t ask for it, and learning to live with it has not been an easy task. He is also a big man — 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and fit. When he drinks, which is rare, he is unpredictable, aggressive and — though I hate the expression — a danger to himself and others.

He had come to Arlington a week before, after a year at Spring Lake Ranch, a therapeutic community and working farm in Vermont, where residents raise animals, make maple syrup, chop wood, build barns and grow vegetables. Mostly, he was learning to inhabit his own skin and enjoy the days that become possible in a life lived without alcohol or drugs. Everyone treated each other with respect. My son was expected to pull his weight, and he did. He wasn’t given a break because of his disability.

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Scarlet B: Roller

I’ve been feeling both up and down lately. I don’t think it’s a mixed episode, though yanno, any feeling of elation is going to make me suspicious… thanks brain, you’re a douche. I mean, it makes sense though. Death is not an easy shadow to shake off, even for someone who takes it on the chin like I do. I’m both over it and still hurting… grief isn’t a straight line, and I think we all agree that those two states can co-exist. At least I’ve done my little bit to permanently remember Ulla and Wendy on the network… it’s not much, but it’s something.

I think the main thing that’s eating me is that my anxiety has been on the up and up lately. I’ve been really freaking proud that I’ve been able to operate in silence the last couple of months. I’m back to a point where I need the radio or the television on for background noise or else I start to panic. Does that make sense to anyone else, or is it just me? I don’t think it’s a bipolar thing — I’m pretty sure it’s an ADHD thing. But it’s still there and it sucks. The only thing I can think of that is feeding anxiety specifically is that the little one has a check-up next week. And there is 500% no reason to be anxious about that. It’s a developmental check. We’ve done it before with her big sister. It’s even ‘easier’ this time because Littlerbit is really on the ball with a lot of her skills. The ones she’s not so hot on, we’re not worried about. But every time I think about the appointment, my heart clenches and my breath shortens. Stupid, isn’t it. Having said that, that’s sort of my generic reply to All Appointments Medical™®.

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Does depression impede your daily life? Are you currently feeling sad and hopeless, experiencing worthlessness and guilt, and have a lack of interest in everyday activities you once enjoyed? NIH studies are investigating the brain and experimental medications (such as ketamine and diazoxide) to rapidly reduce depressive symptoms.  Research includes: depressed adults ages 18 toRead More

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Mental Illness Emergency In US Senate

Mental Illness Reform May Actually Pass! But only if you call your Senator Now and urge him/her to Pass S-2680 with amendments. Thanks to you, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act by 422-2! Now there is late word that if enough people call by Friday, the Senate can be pressuredRead More

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