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1-02-2009 @ 9:00AM
Just to clear up one possible misperception arising from this story.In some jurisdictions, when someone is determined to be a treat to themselves or others because of mental illness, police may exercise the power to take the person to a facility for a mental health assessment. This is for their safety and for the safety of the public.However, it should not be confused with criminality whatsoever. It is really just something of a "secure ambulance" service. In my state, the law doesn't even say "arrest" or "detain", merely "transport to a place of assessment." And certainly the person is not given a criminal record of any kind when transported for psychiatric assessment.That said, what probably happened in this example is that the kid was really just making idle threats that ultimately triggered a police response that was not necessary. So yes, police in that case may issue a charge of "disturbing the peace" or "uttering threats" or whatever.
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