Some lawmakers want to reverse ban on warehousing dangerously mentally ill patients Last year the State Supreme Court ended the practice of psychiatric boarding in Washington, meaning mentally ill people could no longer be warehoused in hospital emergency rooms against their will. But some lawmakers in Olympia already want to reverse the ban on psychiatric boarding to make sure dangerous people aren't released. Libby Denkmann reports on the recent shakeups in the state's mental health care system and how we care for people in crisis.
International hostage negotiator on bringing prisoners home safely It's been three days since local missionary Phyllis Sortor was abducted from a school where she taught in Nigeria. Kidnappers have demanded a $300,000 ransom for her return. But how do you negotiate for the release of a mother, sister, and friend being held by armed men threatening her safety? It's a process the British security firm Terra Firma Risk Management knows well. KIRO Radio's Libby Denkmann reports.
Protesters seek answers in Pasco police shooting Protests continue in Pasco, in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill, migrant worker. KIRO Radio's Libby Denkmann spoke with some of the residents still looking for answers.
Mexican consul in Seattle responds to fatal shooting of orchard worker by Pasco police KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse spoke with Eduardo Baca, Consul of Mexico in Seattle, about the fatal police shooting of a Mexican national in Pasco, Washington. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old orchard worker and undocumented immigrant, is suspected of throwing rocks at officers shortly before they shot and killed him on February 10. Kruse asked Baca about his response to the shooting and whether it is hypocritical of the Mexican government to condemn the incident as excessive force given the country’s history of corruption and police violence.