Deborah Danner was one of us, a beloved member of the Trinity Church Wall Street community. Her death was a tragedy that could and should have been avoided.
As those among society’s most vulnerable, mentally ill people deserve to be treated with compassion and understanding. And those who engage with the mentally ill in highly charged situations require adequate training and resources to do so. That is why we join the Right Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, in his call for the New York City Police Department to provide Crisis Intervention Training to all police officers by the end of 2018. We believe this additional training, applied department-wide, could help avert more tragedies like Deborah Danner’s death.
- The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector