“Remember the name: Deborah Danner.She was killed by a New York police sergeant on Tuesday in her Bronx apartment. Neighbors had called 911, saying she was acting erratically. A team of officers arrived and, according to the police account, found an agitated Ms. Danner brandishing first a pair of scissors, and then a baseball bat. She took a swing at the sergeant, who shot her twice.The investigation has just begun, but the case looks bad for the department. Police Commissioner James O’Neill almost immediately placed the sergeant, Hugh Barry, on modified duty, stripped of his badge and gun. Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference that the sergeant had not followed training or protocols for dealing with those with mental illness, and for some reason had neither used his Taser nor waited for specialized officers trained to deal with such situations. Mr. O’Neill said: “We failed.”
Ms. Danner, 66, now joins a tragic group of people whose mental illness leads them into a dangerous, often fatal, collision with the police. She would have been another cipher, another mental-health casualty, her inner struggles known only to her family and friends, but for a remarkable essay she wrote four years ago, “Living With Schizophrenia,” which her lawyer shared with The Times.”
Source: The Death of Deborah Danner – The New York Times
There was no comments section, so I sent in the following message to Letters@nytimes.com: re: The Death of Deborah Danner,By THE EDITORIAL BOARD OCT. 20, 2016
Thank you Editorial Board for an excellent, though disturbing story, The Death of Deborah Danner. Your points are well taken. I want to announce that I am aware of a training solution to these unnecessary shootings. I advocate as a serious student of the martial arts, that the NY PD look at the Japanese martial art of Aikido, as an extraordinary tool to help officers to control an armed assailant. A famous Japanese martial artist named Ueshiba, invented Aikido about 100 years ago, an amalgam of many other arts, to provide techniques to disarm an attacker without maiming or killing the attacker. At the core of the art, is a great deal of Judo and Ju Jitsu, the art of using the attacker’s force or energy to put them off balance, so you can safely disarm and control them. I recommend that anyone wanting more information, just go to Youtube, and ask to see Federation style Japanese Aikido, to see the main school that still answers to the descendants of Ueshiba.
To a trained Aikidoist, a crazed person with a baseball bat is dangerous, but completely manageable, and a great opportunity for practicing one’s art. The beauty of my suggestion, is that it would make even the taser unnecessary. The CD seller in Brooklyn would never have been choked to death, if those officers had been trained in Aikido and used it.: