Afternoon Briefing: Should mental health experts — not police — staff some 911 calls?

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Should mental health professionals, instead of police, respond to some 911 calls? A coalition of activists aims to add a symbolic question to the November ballot about funding non-police responses to 911 calls about mental health crises.

And the white father and son convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting after they chased him through a Georgia neighborhood were sentenced today to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime.

ICYMI: Air conditioning at home is the simplest way to prevent heat illness and death. Yet public officials’ attempts to address inequalities fall short, a Tribune investigation has found.

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