William Greene, a Harlem man with a history of mental disease — in this case, schizophrenia — was arrested for gun possession after relatives reported him to police. The NYPD says they found a small arms, including an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle.
William Greene is another mentally ill person who was potentially a deadly weapon. His family should be commended for reporting him to authorities. But law enforcement, judicial system, and correctional institutions are inappropriate treatment settings for the mentally ill.
I urge Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr and the criminal court to go beyond a mental health assessment and invoke Kendra’s Law so they may involuntarily commit Mr. Greene to long term inpatient mental health treatment.
The Daily News reported:
A former Wall Street analyst threatened to go on a killing spree in Harlem, but was busted with an arsenal of weapons after a family member called cops, sources said.
William Greene, 35, could have done a lot of damage with the collection of guns he kept inside the stately brownstone at 137th Street where he lived — including an AR-15 assault rifle, which is the same gun used in last July’s Colorado theater shooting.
Cops went to the home at 6:45 p.m. Friday after the tip from Greene’s kin. He soon admitted to having the guns and ammo in his possession.
It was a sad turn of events for the fallen financial guru, who suffers from schizophrenia, a relative said.
“He’s been going downhill. Family members were planning to intervene, but it just didn’t happen in time,” said a relative. “It’s a very sad situation. He was a brilliant, lost soul.”
If you also believe DA Vance should invoke Kendra’s Law, please contact his office at 212-335-9000.