To understand how the recent mass killings in California could have been stopped the day before Elliot Rodger stabbed three people to death and shot three more — Law Shield recommends an article by Clayton E. Cramer posted on PJ Media.
Writing about the Rodger killings, Cramer said:
“In California, a number of medical professionals, as well as any police officer, can take a person into custody for a 72 hour mental health evaluation, under Welfare & Institutions Code § 5150. If the hospital evaluating that person decides that he is indeed mentally ill, he can be held for an additional fourteen days for “intensive treatment” under § 5250. It turns out that police had contacted Elliot Rodger because his family had seen his social media posts about “suicide and killing people.” Why didn’t the police take him into custody under § 5150? I have seen, firsthand, California police using § 5150 to take people into custody for suicide threats. Yet they did not do so in this case.
“Would it have helped? Ask Elliott Rodger. His manifesto says directly: “I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can’t imagine a hell darker than that.”
Cramer, who teaches history at the College of Western Idaho, formerly produced a self-defense-news blog.