Bodycam footage shines light on mental illness

September 2, 2020
By Vic Micolucci
News 4 JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new policy that allows for a quicker release of body camera footage capturing police shootings in Jacksonville is shining a light on mental health issues.

Two recently released videos show footage of people with known mental illnesses who were shot and killed by Jacksonville sheriff’s officers after brandishing knives.

One of those videos involves the case of 29-year-old Leah Baker, whose mother said she needed mental health help but wasn’t able to get any treatment. Her mother believes had her daughter gotten better treatment long before, she might be alive.

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