Chicago struggling to respond to too many split-second bad decisions

Thirty days of desk duty for any officers involved in shootings. Random spot-checks of dashboard cameras. A police superintendent who acknowledges the tragedy of a 55-year old mother of five who was shot and killed by police by accident.

These measures at the Chicago police department come amidst the latest horrific news, the shooting of the woman and a mentally disturbed student wielding a baseball bat who lived upstairs. Neighbors and friends of the victims are asking questions echoed throughout the community: Is this how police serve and protect?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, under seige over events, announced over the weekend a review of how police are trained to respond to mental health incidents.

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Most telling, his statement went on to note the obvious: The changes we have made in recent weeks are just a beginning – not an end.