Reuters: CA Killings Renew Call for Police Mental Health Training

May 28, 2014

"There were so many potential moments where this behavior could have and perhaps should have been identified," said state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat, who is pushing for the money to be included in the 2014-2015 budget.

The move by legislators came as students at the University of California at Santa Barbara returned to class for the first time since six students and the killer died in a stabbing and shooting rampage in the seaside community of Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department said deputies visited Elliot Rodger at his apartment weeks before the shooting at the request of his mother, who reported being disturbed by videos he had posted online, but police left after he assured them he meant no harm.

Better training might have helped the deputies recognize warning signs at Rodger's apartment, Jackson said.