How do you help someone in a mental health crisis? Options are available in Charlotte

FEBRUARY 04, 2022

Charlotte, NC

The case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers fatally shooting a 33-year-old man hours after he had an interaction with the department’s Crisis Intervention Team has raised questions about how to get help for someone in crisis. Derrell Raney died Nov. 5 in the parking lot of a shopping center where officers were called to assist a security guard who said Raney had pointed a gun at him. Hours earlier in response to a separate call, members of CMPD’s Crisis Intervention Team were urging him to seek mental health care, the department says. He reportedly refused treatment, the department previously told the Observer, and he couldn’t be involuntarily committed by CMPD because he “did not appear to want to hurt himself or anyone else.”