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Sacramento mayor wants officers to spend a week learning how to approach mentally ill

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants all city police officers to spend a week learning how to deal with mentally ill people.

The plan, which will be presented by interim Police Chief Brian Louie to the City Council on Thursday, would cost $750,000 over two years. While the department will look for grants, Steinberg said he will seek city budget funds if necessary, calling mental illness the “unattended issue of our time.”

The proposal comes after two mentally ill men were killed last year by Sacramento officers in separate incidents that sparked community frustration.

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