Alabama Police Shoot, Kill Mentally Ill Man

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Patrick Humphrey, 33, was shot by police, after his mother called emergency crews to help restrain him. Humphries was known to have mental disorders and to become resistant if there were problems with his medication, friends and family members say.

“His mother called 911 to get help with her son. She did not call for anyone to come and kill her son,” said the Rev. Kenny Glasgow, a pastor in Dothan, and the brother of Rev. Al Sharpton. “Patrick Humphrey did not have to die.”

Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave with pay as the Alabama Bureau of Investigation investigates the case, in the small southeast Alabama city.

Police have said Humphrey assaulted two emergency medical technicians and a police officer. When another officer arrived, Humphrey attacked the second officer who retreated, then fired his weapon at Humphrey, according to an article published in the Dothan Eagle.

Family members say they don’t know why police fired upon Humphrey this time. “They knew what they were dealing with when they came,” said Kesha Nix, Humphrey’s sister. “It’s like they just pulled and fired,” she told BlackAmericaweb.com.

Glasgow expects 500 to 1,000 people to participate in the march that will start at noon at Humphrey’s family home on Hollon Street in Headland and end at the Headland City Square.

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