State College community meets with DA, Borough, after DA’s Osagie case verdict

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Thursday night at the State College municipal building, folks met with local authorities, who answered questions in the wake of the district attorney’s decision not to charge the officer who shot and killed Osaze Osagie in March.

The group, “Campus and Community in Unity at Penn State”, works to bring people in State College of all different backgrounds together.
 
The group asked the State College Borough for Thursday night’s meeting for people to ask authorities questions.
 
A man in the crowd asked Bernie Canotrna, Centre County District Attorney if calls like the mental health call for Osaze Osagie on March 20th are common.
Cantorna said, “When a 302 warrant is issued, this is pretty typical, meaning it goes to the police, and the police are the ones who end up knocking on a door to transport somebody to a hospital.”
 
Another man in the crowd asked Cantorna if local groups will be involved with mental health checks or warrants in the future.
 
“Will community members be somehow involved, people from the CCU, SURGE and other groups be involved with that sort of bylaw?

“I think there has to be, there has to be a review that includes the county level.,” Cantorna said.  
 
A report revealed tonight by the Campus & Community in Unity group shows the community wants the State College Borough’s mental policy to change. 

To do that, CCU says a psychologist would have to accompany police on mental health calls.
 

 

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