Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Minister Hopes Report Can Improve How Police React to Mental Health Cases

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Minister Hopes Report Can Improve How Police React to Mental Health Cases

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Minister hopes report helps police in mental health

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CALGARY - Alberta's justice minister is hoping the province can improve how police handle people with mental health issues.

Pressure on law enforcement has increased after David McQueen, who was suffering from depression, was shot and killed by Calgary police on Sunday.

McQueen had been randomly firing shots out of his home, and one narrowly missed a Calgary Transit driver.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley answered questions about the incident following a presentation today at the Canadian Bar Association conference in Calgary.

She said the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police asked the province to look into the issue in March 2015 and a mental health advisory committee is preparing a report, which is expected in the coming weeks. …

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