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NYPD, EMS unions raise concerns about Adams’ ‘involuntary removal’ plan

Directive outlines responders’ roles, calls for more training

Posted 12/9/22

Hours after Mayor Adams announced his plan to allow first responders to forcefully remove mentally ill New Yorkers so they could receive treatment, criticisms and concern began to flood in from advocacy groups and City Council members. 

Some, such as the Council’s Progressive Caucus, criticized the mayor’s directive outright, saying that “sending untrained and ill-equipped emergency workers to traumatically force our city’s most vulnerable against their will is misguided and dangerous.” 

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