Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster Blog Archive Tragedy Revisited

For members of the City Council, this week’s fatal shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant not only triggered painful memories - this month marks the year anniversary of the shooting of Sean Bell- but also the need for the city to examine its treatment of the mentally handicapped and mentally ill.

Several council members, from Councilmember Al Vann of Brooklyn to Councilmember Oliver Koppell of the Bronx to Councilmember Rosie Mendez of Manhattan, stood on the chamber floor during the body’s stated meeting calling for a system that better responds to the mentally ill as well as for a better response from the New York City Police
Department during emergencies.