By Grace Li for SF Weekly
If the CRISES Act existed a year ago, Taun Hall says her son, Miles Hall, would still be alive.
“It would’ve saved my child,” Taun says. Her son, Miles Hall, a Black 23-year-old Walnut Creek resident, was killed a year ago by police in the very city he grew up in. At the time, Miles was suffering from a schizoaffective disorder-induced crisis, and Taun called 911, hoping the authorities could help her calm her son. But when police first arrived at the scene, rather than attempt to talk Hall down, they began yelling and shooting “non-lethal” bean-bags at him, according to Taun and police reports.
“They didn’t even try to de-escalate my son,” Taun says. “They came in and saw a brown-skinned African American young man, who had a bandana on his face.”