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Family and Friends of Jontell Reedom Request Crisis Intervention Training For Officers

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Family and Friends of Jontell Reedom, the man shot and killed by Tulare Police in March, marched to City Hall on Friday.

They carried a petition with more than 1,000 signatures requesting crisis intervention training for officers.

They hope officers can learn how to respond to community members with mental health issues.

Tulare’s Police Chief said about 30 of his officers have completed the crisis training, but he wants all officers to get trained. He added that he can’t do it without funding.

Jontell’s mother believes he would be alive today if officers had the training.

“They need this training before they hit the street because the first day the encounter someone with mental illness, the same thing can happen,” said Anyka Harris, Jontell’s Mother.

“We have that ongoing training, it would be awesome to have our department 100% trained,” said Chief Barry Jones, Tulare Police

Department.Before Jontell was shot and killed, he allegedly attacked a school bus driver and fought with officers. It was caught on cell phone video.

His mother said he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

The Mayor said he will take the petition to City Councilors with the hopes to get funding for the training.

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