Man Who Died While Being Detained By Police At Concord Homeless Shelter Identified

February 11, 2019 19:00 pm · 9 comments

A transient who died while being detained by police last week at the Concord Homeless Shelter has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.

Steven Hankins, 50, was yelling and being violent when police were called at 4 p.m. Friday to the shelter at 2047 Arnold Industrial Way, authorities said.

As he was being detained, police said Hankins was still behaving erratically and eventually showed signs of medical distress.

Paramedics arrived but Hankins was declared dead at the scene.

A cause of death has not been released. Concord police, the county district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office are investigating the case.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Concord police Detective Giacoletto at (925) 671-3040. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (925) 603-5386.

Phil February 11, 2019 at 10:59 PM

John Burris will be filing his excessive force lawsuit momentarily.

Pyrrhus February 12, 2019 at 8:18 AM

Thanks Reagan for closing our mental health centers! Who would have thought putting mentally ill people on the street wouldn’t cause problems?

jon s February 12, 2019 at 2:23 PM

This was done in the 60’s they closed thousands of “insane asylums” mostly because liberals said it was wrong,and they dumped the ill into the streets,and to this day it stil effects the country in a very bad way,and those that have commited a crime and may well be mentally ill,are not believed and just trying to avoid prison.Reagon’s only mistake was to try to quell the liberal cries with amnesty,that was completely taken advantage of by every one that came in “legally”,they brought 4 or 5 with them not legal.

Liar! Liar! February 12, 2019 at 5:32 PM

The left always lies about the mental hospitals, because blaming Reagan fits their agenda when the truth doesn’t. The Lanterman–Petris–Short Act was passed by a bipartisan California legislature after ACLU lawsuits, and books like “One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest” raised public outrage over confining crazy people against their will.

Rollo Tomasi February 12, 2019 at 6:14 PM

Don’t you people know better than to contradict a leftist bashing Reagan? Facts are overrated.

Pyrrhus February 13, 2019 at 8:36 AM

Yet it was Reagan who discarded the Mental Health Systems Act which led to the downfall nationwide of mental institutions in the 80’s. So convenient to forget that part of history, just like the other terrible Reagan policies like Reaganomics, blowing up the deficit, Iran-Contra debacle, etc.

Anyways, in California, The Lanterman–Petris–Short Act, like you said was bi-partisan. However, it was also under the Governorship of Reagan. As you all point out, everyone was responsible for the downfall of mental institutes in California. However, you need to also look at the money. The mentally ill were pushed out to nursing homes and board-and-care homes which became big business. One of the larger board-and-care home enterprises was Beverly Enterprises which had direct ties to Reagan and had contributed large sums of money to his Gubernatorial campaigns. You really think Reagan had no part in destroying California’s mental health institutes? If so, I have a bridge to sell you. Furthermore, It’s also a known that Reagan viewed psychiatry negatively and equated it with communism.

Carnac the Magnificent February 14, 2019 at 6:22 AM

Way to Cherry pick your argument. Ignore the JFK and Congress legislation in the Community Mental Health Act of 1963 and their failure to fund it.

Way to ignore that Edmund Brown Sr discharged 15,500 patients from State Mental Hospitals or that after Reagan, Jerry Brown continued the policies of his father. Nope, it was Reagan in the ’80s that was the downfall of mental health. Ignore the fact that Reagan gave block grants to the State to fund Mental Health.

Yeah I know it this was bi-partisanship but damn it, it was Reagan who is responsible. Reagan wrote the legislation, held the debates on the floor of Congress, called if for a vote in Congress, signed it and then enforced it. Yep Reagan the dictator. Democrats are as pure as the driven snow and as innocent as babies. Nothing to see with Browns when they were Governors.

Oh, when all else fails thrown in strawman arguments. Nice

Carnac the Magnificent February 12, 2019 at 5:05 PM

I do not understand why this always gets dumped on Republicans.

Closing mental health hospitals got started with John F. Kennedy, a DEMOCRAT in 1963 with the Community Mental Health Act which moved mental health patients out of State hospital, where Kennedy said they were being warehoused and moved them back to their local communities.

In California, the number of patients in state mental hospitals reached a peak of 37,500 in 1959 when Edmund G. Brown was Governor, fell to 22,000 when Ronald Reagan attained that office in 1967 and continued to decline under his administration and that of his successor, Edmund (jerry) G. Brown Jr. The senior Mr. Brown now expresses regret about the way the policy started and ultimately evolved. ”They’ve gone far, too far, in letting people out,” he said in an interview.

You can try and point fingers are Republicans all you want Pyrrhus but Mental Health professionals promised Politicians of both parties that they could help mental health patients with drug therapy and they didn’t need State-run hospitals.

Politicians both Democrats and Republicans heard I can save money AND help people? Win-Win except the Mental Health professionals were wrong.

anonanonagain February 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM

It is not as simplistic as blaming it on Reagan or the liberals for the problems we now face. If a patient is being treated for their mental illness, schizophrenia , bi-polar disorder etc. etc. and are taking their medication, you cannot force someone to stay in a facility. Many patients end up feeling healthy and don’t feel that they need to take their meds. Also healthcare is expensive and if someone does not have a job that provides them with adequate care or have lost their job due to their illness, they are left to the state which only has so many resources. Forcing someone to be institutionalized was deemed unconstitutional if someone could show that they could survive on their own. This isn’t the 1920’s where you could drag someone into a facility and then have a frontal lobotomy performed without their consent. Quick blaming liberals and take a look at the big picture. Where are these funds going to come from? The taxpayer??

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