Across the nation, mental illness is page one. It’s mayhem all too personal for some South Florida families.
“Getting arrested for a misdemeanor with a severe mental illness should not result in a death sentence. And that’s what happened here.” So says Miami Dade Judge Steve Leifman, expressing outrage as he looks into the housing and treatment of inmates with mental illness housed at the Miami Dade Detention Center.
Tears flowed as the little boy who was about to turn one year old, was buried earlier this month in a Kendall cemetary. His name was Bryan Osceola and he was found dead in his family’s car that had been sitting in the hot Florida sun.
Jessica Williams is the caretaker to one of the oldest African American cemeteries in South Florida, where community pioneers have been laid to rest. But recently, criminal acts have been disturbing the bodies resting at one cemetery that houses 538 burial plots at in Miami.
Two city of Miami homeless outreach workers who often reached out to help Ronald Poppo described him as territorial who often sought shelter in a stairwell near Jungle Island, a popular tourist spot on Watson Island.