Mental Health Called Cops On Moore
A while back Eric Kirk asked a question on his blog something along the line of whether the police ever tried to get some people from mental health to try and help out in the Cheri Moore incident.
I commented that it might likely be the other way around as mental health facilities have been known to call police for assistance with violent patients. I mentioned, back in the days I listened to a scanner regularly, hearing of our local mental health facility, Semper Virens, asking for an officer to respond to deal with an unruly patient.
I knew the mental health people had some involvement in the Moore incident but didn't pay much attention to just what their role was until now. Today's Times- Standard shows I was at least partly right, although once again the items I wanted to link to I couldn't find available on the T-S web site. I'll go ahead and hand type them in for those that don't get the T-S hard copy.
These are from a section on witnesses to the Grand Jury and, specifically, a block entitled "Key Witnesses' Past Testimony":
Witness Craig Pasquini, Humboldt County Mental Health Manager:
Pasquini testified he requested a welfare check for Cheri Lyn Moore after a 16 minute phone call. She said she had a flare gun, was not a terrorist, she was not suicidal and she was not homicidal but was grieving over the loss of her son. Pasquini quoted her as saying she was going to blow up her apartment building and jump out the window, that she had warned neighbors and didn't want to hurt anybody.
Witness Phyliss Wilner, Humboldt County Mental Health Emergency Pyschiatric Nurse:
Wilner described a distraught call from Moore about one hour after the first saying she could see people in the hallway and she would shoot if they came in. Wilner said a co- worker called 911. She told Moore the people in the hall were police.
Well...looks like I was pretty much right in commenting on Kirk's question since the mental health people seemed to think this was a job for police. Either that or they simply didn't want to deal with Moore themselves, at least not in person. Or, in fairness to the mental health folks, maybe it's not in their job description to deal with patients out on the streets.
That testimony from Pasquini is kind of weird, to paraphrase:
[Moore] was not suicidal or homicidal....but she was going to blow up her apartment building and jump out the window....
I can't help but wonder which part of that he believed?
Bottom line, from what I can see, is Eureka P.D. got stuck handling a situation only one other person (Marcus Smith) seemed to want to deal with. Things might well have been handled differently, to an end everyone would be happy with but, bottom line, EPD was the one stuck with it.