Milwaukee chief: More help needed for mentally ill

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says a man shot and killed by a police officer in a downtown park was mentally ill and had a long arrest record.

The man was shot Wednesday after a struggle in which he grabbed the officer's baton and struck him in the head. Flynn says the shooting follows three officer-involved shootings last year that involved people who were mentally ill and combative.

Flynn said Thursday that federal, state and local governments are not doing enough to help people with mental illness and police have become the social agency of first resort. He says his department receives about 7,000 calls a year involving people with mental health problems.

He says the nation is failing in its obligation to care for people with mental health problems.

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