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An investigation of records from 25 county jails across Pennsylvania shows that nearly 1 in 3 "use of force" incidents by guards involved a prisoner who was having a psychiatric crisis or who had a known mental illness. Guards used weapons like stun guns or pepper spray to subdue prisoners who may have been unable to understand what was going on. Ibrahim Rayintakath for NPR hide caption

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In county jails, guards use pepper spray, stun guns to subdue people in mental crisis

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Savannah, left, holds her daughter Chanel, as she sits with her sister Telia, as they listen to their mother Krystal Archie talking Sept. 23 during an interview with the Associated Press in Chicago. Archie's three children were present when police, on two occasions 11 weeks apart, kicked open her front door and tore apart the cabinets and dressers as they executed a search warrant. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Rev. Wanda Johnson's son, Oscar Grant, was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on January 1, 2009. The recordings of the internal investigation were not released until this year, when NPR member station KQED forced BART to comply with California's "The Right to Know Act," a 2019 police transparency law. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Rev. Wanda Johnson's son, Oscar Grant, was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on January 1, 2009. The recordings of the internal investigation were not released until this year, when NPR member station KQED forced BART to comply with California's "The Right to Know Act," a 2019 police transparency law. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Nicole Xu for NPR
Nicole Xu for NPR

The decision on Monday was a partial victory for Black Lives Matter protesters but Judge Richard Jones found that in several instances, Seattle Police Department officers were justified in their use of less lethal weapons. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Jose Luis Conde (center) listens to news media while seated between his mother, Rosa Conde, and his attorney Bret Royle at Royle's office in Phoenix on Thursday. Royle released Mesa police body cam videos showing officers punching Conde, who was unarmed, and later mocking him while he was lying on a hospital room floor after his Jan. 28 arrest. Terry Tang/AP hide caption

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The wreckage of a car in one of the main streets of the Rose des Vents district in the Paris suburbs on Feb. 7. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Police stand guard during demonstrations in reaction to a Cleveland police officer being acquitted of manslaughter charges on May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images hide caption

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