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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Another Killing by a Maryland Cop

Jul 23, 2023

A recent report by the state attorney general explains that Hamed Ghourouni Delcheh was killed on July 20, 2022 by Montgomery County deputy sheriff Domenic Mash. The police knew Delcheh was mentally ill. The cops went to his Gaithersburg apartment in force. No mental health counselors accompanied this small army to serve a warrant. The Sheriff’s office does not employ mental health workers or send them out on arrests. The stated reason is because they aren’t making an evaluation.

No evaluation was needed! Delcheh had already been evaluated and diagnosed with schizophrenia. And his father told the cops he was off his meds.

The problem is, we live in a society that doesn’t help the mentally ill. As a result, the police are used. They have one way to respond, and it all too often ends in death.