Family seeks law that would alert officers to mental issues

Law enforcement officers investigate a shooting in Hays, Kan. on Thursday, August 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy Nick Schwien, Hays Daily News)

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas police officer was found justified in shooting an autistic man who tried to take his gun away, but the victim’s family says things might have turned out differently if the officer had been aware of the man’s mental issues.

The Salina Journal reports Joseph “Joey” Weber was fatally shot by a Hays police officer Aug. 18 after grabbing the officer’s gun as the officer tried to take him into custody.

Weber’s family is pushing for a new law that would allow people to include on their vehicle registration information any mental and physical conditions that might cause erratic behavior.

Salina attorney Ken Wasserman, who represents Weber’s family, says there was nothing about Weber’s appearance that would have indicated to an officer that he had mental health issues.



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