6. The shift to mental health crisis teams

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In the wake of George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police, many big-city departments have begun sending unarmed mental health professionals to respond to certain 911 calls.

Why it matters: Backers of the programs say these professionals are better equipped than police to help people going through mental health crises — and they see the programs as a way to prevent police shootings, including those involving people of color.

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