We are hearing a lot from the "grieving family" of recently deceased James Chasse. They are describing James as "a gentle, mentally ill man." James Chasse died in police custody.
And, like all grieving families do, they immediatly hired an attorney and are pursuing an "independent investigation" into his death.
The question I have for this family is why, when clearly you have all the time in the world for press conferences/independent investigations/legal consultations/media interviews/etc, did you not have time for your mentally ill family member last week BEFORE THIS TRAGEDY OCCURED?
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN HE NEEDED HELP? Why has family contact between him and you been described as "erratic" and why was he living in a halfway house instead of being cared for by family? You care now that you have a potential lawsuit but where were you when he was wandering around with an apparent mental illness?
Where you too busy for him then? Was his illness a nuisance for you? Did you expect someone else to take care of him? Too much work for you?
I know it's easier to blame someone else but what responsibility do you have for your own family? Are you willing to help take care of him or you just expect "society" to do that for you?
Instead of putting him in a situation where he, by your own accord, couldn't function appropriately, why didn't you step up and help him before this tragedy occured?