Memorial Service for Errol Chang

On Tuesday March 18th, 2014 our friend Errol was taken from us. Errol suffered from bi polar disorder and schizophrenia. In an attempt to get him the help that he desperately needed his family decided that involving the police would be their best option. On Tuesday March 18th, 2014 the Pacifica police were called to the house that Errol shared with his father. Not because Errol was a threat to others but because Errols mental state was a threat to himself. The Pacifica police showed up shortly after and when they could not get Errol to comply they called in the Daly City Swat Team . Within 6 hours Errol was shot and killed by the Daly City Swat Team while his mother, father and brother stood outside the home anticipating a peaceful resolve. Here are a few of the questions we would like answered. Was any specialist who had been trained to communicate with someone diagnosed with schizophrenia ever called or brought in during this 6 hour period? Were his medical records ever looked at during this time? Were any doctors that may have treated Errol in the past ever contacted? Why didnt the police allow any friends or family to speak to Errol during the standoff? The 6 hours played out more like a training exercise then it did a rescue operation. They hurled demands at him to give himself up, "come out Errol, come out right now, Errol come out" and they fired flash grenades into the home which produce a very loud bang and can give off the impression that one is under gunfire. Is this how you get a paranoid schizophrenic to trust you? One who already thinks people are after him? One who up until the police were called posed a threat to no one but himself? Is pointing automatic weapons at a mentally disabled individual while his unarmed hands are stretched far out his front window and hurling demands at him while firing flash bombs into his home the proper procedure? Because if it is then we desperately need some change to the policies within our law enforcement. This gofundme account is being setup to help the Chang family bury their son and brother. For a memorial service to celebrate Errols life. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in getting Errol the help that he needed so maybe we can help them in giving him the send off that he deserves. And if anything, to offer them a little bit of peace in this trying time. Anything helps. Thank you in advance. "The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And so we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation." ~ Glenn Close ~
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