In September 2020, during another mental health crisis, the family of Ricardo Munoz, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, went to the police, as the man began to show aggression. The officers were aware of his mental health problems, but they still opened fire to kill him.
On September 13, 2020, the Munoz family, who wanted psychiatric help for a 27-year-old man suffering from schizophrenia, called the police. His diagnosis was well known to the local police department, to which his family had repeatedly sought help in similar situations. The man’s sister reminded the officers who arrived at the scene that her brother has mental health problems, so they should interact with him more carefully. However, as soon as the police officer approached the house, Munoz allegedly attacked him with a knife. The officer took a few steps back, and then shot the man four times. He died on the spot.
In February 2021, Munoz’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the officer shot her son without using any measures to de-escalate the conflict. The lawsuit notes that the city and the county do not use appropriate methods to work with people who are in a difficult emotional situation.