HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The mom of Bradley Pugh, who was shot and killed throughout a standoff with Huntsville Police in November of final yr, held a vigil for her son Sunday night.
Adina Peyton, informed a small crowd of individuals in Huntsville’s Large Springs Park that the vigil was not solely about honoring her son’s reminiscence but in addition dismantling the stigma tied to psychological sickness. Peyton added that a part of that effort required participating the neighborhood on the difficulty of psychological well being calls to police.
Pugh was shot 16 instances after Huntsville police say he pointed a gun at officers throughout a standoff at Teds BBQ in 5 Factors. During the last six months, Peyton has gone forwards and backwards with Huntsville Police about that night time over entry to physique digicam footage.
Final week the town launched a press release saying they allowed Peyton and her lawyer to view related video of the incident. Peyton mentioned she needs entry to all of it, not simply what the town deems related for her to observe.
At Sunday’s vigil, Peyton spoke out in opposition to legislation enforcement officers being dispatched to psychological well being calls. Town just lately introduced it was transferring ahead with a program to make psychological well being professionals the only real responders for psychological disaster calls.
Peyton additionally addressed the difficulty of general declining psychological well being proper now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She additionally spoke on to these scuffling with suicidal ideas.
“Have a look at me. Take heed to me. I have been the place you’re. I’ve been the place you’re and see what you do not see since you’re at nighttime, and the sunshine is simply on the opposite aspect. We will get you to that mild. You’ll be able to belief me. See what’s taking place right here is all you must do is join coronary heart to coronary heart. Individuals wish to consider,” mentioned Peyton.
Within the subsequent few weeks, Peyton mentioned she deliberate to start addressing these points frequently throughout neighborhood boards. A date for the primary discussion board has but to be set.
If you happen to or somebody wants assist, the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline may be reached at 1-800-272-9255.
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