Before You Call the Police
When we witness a crisis, it is natural to immediately call 911—but as too many videos and stories have proven, police presence can lead to poor treatment, physical assault, and death, especially for BIPOC individuals and those with mental illnesses. As such, calling the police should be an absolute last resort. This non-exhaustive list provides non-police resources in the Somerville area. If you know other resources to recommend, please reach out to us, and we will add them.
If you must call the police, be sure to stay with the person in distress the entire time they are there, get the officer’s license plate and badge numbers, and be prepared to begin filming if you are at all concerned about how the person is being treated.
Remember: Black Lives Matter.