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The March for Miguel in downtown Pittsfield saw supporters gather to remember Miguel Estrella and call for change in his name on the six-month anniversary of his death.
A march on the six-month anniversary of Miguel Estrella’s death will press for reforms in his name, including a wholesale change in how Pittsfield responds to people in mental health crisis.
Melissa Helm uses personal experiences as a guide in her role as executive director for the National Alliance for Mental Illness' chapter in Berkshire County.
We believe a police advisory board is a necessity for cities like Pittsfield. For that reason, we want to see it succeed, even as its mission is a complex and pressurized one. Right now, that requires looking forward and not backward to reconstitute the board.
All but one of the members of the Pittsfield Police Advisory and Review Board have resigned, after learning the board would not be able to review the result of the Pittsfield Police Department's internal investigation into the use of force in the fatal shooting of Miguel Estrella.
The Pittsfield Police Department has received thousands of dollars for devices they've said would be "less lethal" equipment to de-escalate police interactions. A recently released FIT report into the shooting of Miguel Estrella shows that Taser deployments by two officers did little to help the situation.
Every morning, before work, Marisol Estrella prays for her late son Miguel in a room at her home dedicated to his memory. An orange phoenix, drawn by friends, carries the words “hope,” “justice” and "peace" in Spanish above its wings, dominating one wall. The room is a shrine, a monument, to a mother’s grief.
EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: The Berkshire Eagle obtained the final report of the Pittsfield Police Department’s force investigation team tasked with investigating the fatal shooting of Miguel Estrella on March 25. The release of the — highly redacted — final report comes more than three months after the release of the preliminary report.
Members of the Police Advisory and Review Board won’t be allowed to review the Pittsfield Police Department’s full internal "Force Investigation" report on the fatal shooting of Miguel Estrella.
A District Attorney's Office investigation ruled a police shooting of a young man in the throes of mental health crisis was legally justified. But how can we justify the inadequate systems available to those who need help before they're in crisis?