An investigation is underway in the police-involved killing of an African-American psychiatric patient on Saturday who was reportedly armed with a piece of glass.
It’s unclear if the officers failed to use de-escalation procedures to avoid a fatal outcome.
The Sun-Sentinel identified the man as Jarvis Randall, a patient at the University Hospital and Medical Center’s behavioral health center in Tamarac, Florida. Staff members called the Broward County Sheriff’s Office about him on Saturday night.
Randal, a felon who was on mental-health probation for burglary charges, became violent and made threats, according to a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
“Investigators said he was armed with an edged-glass weapon,” said Veda Coleman-Wright, adding that efforts to calm Randall failed.
One of the officers shot at Randall with a beanbag, but instead of stopping him, it caused Randall to charge at the deputies. That prompted the three officers to shoot him.
Randall is the latest in a long list of mentally ill African-American men killed by police. The list includes Alfred Olango, who pointed a vaping device at officers when cops shot and killed him in 2016.
And in April 2018, four officers — one in uniform, three in plainclothes — killed Saheed Vassell, 34, in a hail of 10 bullets on a Brooklyn sidewalk. The officers responded to calls about a Black man with a gun. But it turned out that Vassell, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was holding a pipe. No firearm was found at the scene.
Unlike Olango and Vassell, the police knew that Randell, 30, was mentally ill during their encounter.
The three deputies are on restricted duty while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates.
CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Comments About Palestine
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Marc Hill is correct. Palestinians deserve freedom as much as Israeli do! Period. Who ever is arguing for the country is the problem!— Cheikh T. Thiam (@CheikhTThiam) November 29, 2018
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Marc Hill should take a history course before doing anymore reports . Israel was there looooong before there was even any Palestine.— Buggsy (@GeorgeHarrold3) November 29, 2018
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What a disgraceful day for journalism. @CNN & @FoxNews r in agreement over equating Palestinian human rights with Jewish bigotry. Ur regressing our collective fight 4 freedom & punishing @marclamonthill 4 speaking on behalf of majority of world outside US https://t.co/FCaolyqo4V— Noura Erakat (@4noura) November 29, 2018
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Outraged to hear that @CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill for advocating for Palestinian rights in a speech to the UN. Calling for Palestinians to have equal rights in their ancestral lands is NOT racism or anti-Semitism. Shame on Israel’s speech suppression lobbyists and shame on CNN! https://t.co/bFCGte2lJ7— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) November 29, 2018
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CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill, but giving shows and airtime to alt-right figures on a regular basis is OK apparently.— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) November 29, 2018
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Rick Santorum said climate change is a hoax and scientists are bought off by big government grant money on @CNN like last week and he still has a job. Marc Lamont Hill mildly criticizes Israel and he's fired immediately.— Secular Talk🎙 (@KyleKulinski) November 29, 2018
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I guess I don't understand why ppl on the Left who aren't eliminationist anti-Semites could possibly be okay w/Marc Lamont Hill calling for the destruction of Israel using Palestinian dog-whistle language when they harp on 'dog whistles' from the Right all the time but that's me.— Jeff B. is *BOX OFFICE POISON* (@EsotericCD) November 29, 2018
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CNN fired its only good commentator, Marc Lamont Hill, because he criticized Israel's violations of international law and called for "a single secular democratic state for everyone"— Benjamin Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 29, 2018
Opposing apartheid and supporting secular democracy is a fireable offense https://t.co/nX1hv4PDF5
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This is KEY: how can CNN fire @marclamonthill while keeping onboard @RickSantorum whose views of Palestinians are literally genocidal? Unless the news network's position is that the Palestinians have no rights and no humanity? And only Israel lives and perspectives matter? https://t.co/DUC9v9r1i6— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 29, 2018
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