The question, on page 1 of Tuesday’s paper: “Where to put mentally ill jail inmates?”
On Police Beat, page B2, the answer: in jail.
Once upon a time, a poor soul like this would have been committed to an actual hospital and gotten treatment.
Aug. 29: The milk was poisoned, the man said – so he stabbed it with a kitchen knife.
Officers responded to a report of a man with a knife at a grocery store in the 4000 block of South Tacoma Avenue. The report said the man was stabbing milk cartons and screaming.
The officer arrived and cautiously edged toward the dairy section. He saw a man crouched by Aisle 9, near a cooler. A broken jug of milk left a puddle nearby. Puddles of milk and the remnants of other containers marked a trail along the aisle.
Two other officers joined in. They took the man down and cuffed him. He didn’t resist, but he wailed about the poisoned milk. No one was listening to him, he said.
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