NYPD searching for mentally ill New Yorkers - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

NYPD searching for mentally ill New Yorkers

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

In December a man, waiting for a train in Times Square, was pushed to his death by a mentally ill homeless person, police said. In response to this incident and others like it, the city is now taking a more proactive approach to get the mentally ill off the streets.

Police are now looking for New Yorkers who are not getting their court-ordered mental treatment.

The city has drawn up a sort-of most wanted list: 25 New Yorkers who have mental hygiene warrants out for them.

Cops are now actively looking for those individuals. If found, they will be required to receive mental health treatment.

Dr. Harris Stratyner, a psychologist, is concerned the measure could go against some people's rights.

The health department released this statement: "all of these patients are receiving treatment for mental health conditions. If they do not receive sustained treatment... they could pose some risk to themselves, family members or others."

These mentally ill people cops are looking for were supposed to be receiving court-ordered treatment. If found, he or she would be taken to a hospital not jail.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD's shief spokesman, issued this statement: "Recently, at the request of the Health Department, the NYPD attempted to locate individuals required to receive mental health treatment. None are wanted criminals. NYPD investigators determined that in some instances the subjects had moved out of state, and in other cases the individuals were located and returned to treatment. Others are still being sought."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Falling debris from Midtown building

    Falling debris from Midtown building

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:52:15 GMT

    Emergency personnel are responding to falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan. West 57th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues is closed. SkyFoxHD was overhead where pieces of glass could be seen on the ground and a window shattered. Two people were hit by the falling glass at about 8:45 a.m. and were taken to Roosevelt Hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

    Emergency personnel are responding to falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan. West 57th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues is closed. SkyFoxHD was overhead where pieces of glass could be seen on the ground and a window shattered. Two people were hit by the falling glass at about 8:45 a.m. and were taken to Roosevelt Hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

  • Arrest in attack on teen in elevator

    Arrest in attack on teen in elevator

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:24:13 GMT
    Two thugs were caught on security camera footage beating a teenager and stealing from her inside an apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.  The NYPD says the attackers are seen dragging the 18-year-old out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her.
    Police have arrested one of two suspects wanted in the brutal attack of a teenager inside her apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. The thugs were caught on security camera footage beating the 18-year-old at about 9:34 on Sunday night. The attackers are seen dragging the girl out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her. Tyler Hopping, 18, was arrested on Wednesday.
  • Dad delivers baby into toilet

    Dad delivers baby into toilet

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:30:58 GMT
    A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
    A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices