14 Nov 2019

Fears police will shoot people in mental health crises

From Lately, 10:20 pm on 14 November 2019

The Mental Health Foundation says new armed units being trialed by the police will result in people experiencing mental health crises being shot.

The special patrols are aimed at cutting down response times in serious call outs where firearms are involved.

The Foundation's chief executive, Shaun Robinson, says tells Karyn tasers are disproportionately used in cases involving mental illness, and he believes the same will occur with firearms.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Shaun Robinson

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King