Letters to the Editor

May 8, 2014

Another law for involunary mental treatment needed

Re "Lodi shooting mystery: why sit on the details?" (Editorial, May 7): The Lodi case is another tragedy involving a mentally ill person that was preventable. Once again, police officers, no matter how well-trained or prepared, were subjected to high risk of injury or death. A family had been forced to struggle for years trying to deal with a mentally ill loved one.

The need for legislation allowing for involuntary psychiatric treatment has long been obvious. Laura's Law, which has to be passed county by county, is a step in the right direction, but more is required. There will continue to be horrific events involving the mentally ill until politicians pass the necessary legislation. They should make the necessary changes now.

-- Rich McKone, Lincoln

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