Trigger warning for suicidal behavior, guns, police, veteran concerns, mental health, drug use
Read the article from NBC Philadelphia here.
A suicidal off-duty Clifton Township N.J. officer, who also happens to be a Gulf War veteran, was in a standoff with police on Sunday, saying he was “ready to die in a hail of law enforcement gunfire.” It seems that the man may have been suicidal due to a difficult divorce procedure with his estranged wife. This is an incident that could have been avoided, had there been services in the department to deal with the mental health of their officers.
It is no surprise that police brutality and above-the-law behavior is running rampant in the United States when the mental health concerns of officers are not addressed. This is especially important when veterans leave the service and become officers, as vets are often left to fend for themselves in transitioning from the “kill or be killed” mentality of war to “regular” life as a citizen. This man should have received help before it was too late.