Here's a report with some numbers on the problem of untreated mental illness and police response.
Bottom line, according to these numbers:
About two percent of Americans have untreated severe mental illness.
Those two percent of people account for 10 percent of police responses, 20 percent of those behind bars, and 25 percent of fatal police encounters.
I was going to joke how it's easier to blame the police than treat mental illness. But I don't even know if that's true. We just choose to treat mental illness with police and incarceration. That's messed up.
[Thanks to a reader]