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‘Exceptional circumstances’: Excited delirium and the potentially fatal use of force

Police cells are no place for people in mental health crisis, but new legal provisions due to come in will allow their detention in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Serving officer Nathan Constable warns that people presenting as violent and unmanageable – the symptoms of ‘excited delirium’ – are the most likely to be detained, but also the most at risk from restraint.

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