Family and friends of Jontell Reedom, the man shot and killed by Tulare police last month, held a march today.
They arrived at city hall with more than 1,000 signatures requesting crisis intervention training for officers.
Jontell’s mother believes he would be alive today if the officers had this training.
“They need this training before they hit the street because their first day the encounter someone with mental illness the same thing can happen,” stated Anyka Harris, Jontell’s mother.
“We have that ongoing training it would be awesome to have our department 100 percent trained,” said Tulare interim police chief Barry Jones.
About 30 officers in the department have the training.
The mayor of Tulare says he will take the petition to city council to get funding for the training.