An emotionally disturbed person has killed a New York City Police Officer by pushing him down stairs. Dealing with emotionally disturbed people can be tricky because their behavior can be difficult to predict. There are several steps to take that can minimize the dangers.
First of all, try not to approach EDPs closely unless you really need to be close to take them into custody or render first aid. Talk to them from a distance, even twenty feet away is not unreasonable if there are no obstacles between you. Keep a barrier between yourself and the EDP. Be prepared for potential attack.
Stay in a location that is tactically should. Don’t stand near a curb or stairway where you could be pushed over backwards. Keep your eye on the EDP’s hands and be ready with less lethal weapons like OC spray, Tazer and baton. Try and have at least two officers if not four or five on site before you make an approach. EDP’s can be very strong and impervious to pain. Most EDP’s are harmless, but be ready incase you get one of the few who is not; that’s what the SGT Says.