Chelsea Manning, Friends Complain Cops Responded With Guns To Her Suicide Threat

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Police looked up Chelsea Manning's address and went to check on her after she threatened suicide twice on Twitter.

Bethesda, MD – Police performed a welfare check on former Army analyst and U.S. Senate candidate Chelsea Manning on May 27, after she posted two suicide threats on social media.

Now she’s complaining that officers broke into her home in a threatening manner, and released copies of her home security videos of the incident as her proof, The Intercept reported.

“This is what a police state looks like,” Manning said. “Guns drawn during a ‘wellness’ check.”

Montgomery County police received “several calls” from concerned parties who had read Manning’s tweets, Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks told The Intercept.

In her first tweet, the 30-year-old transgender activist posted a picture of herself standing on the ledge of a building captioned with the words “im sorry.”​

She followed that up with a more detailed tweet, The Washington Times reported.

“I’m sorry - I tried - I’m sorry I let you all down. I’m not really cut out for this world - I tried adapting to this world out here but I failed you - I couldn’t do this anymore … I tried and I’m sorry about my failure.”

The tweets were quickly deleted, but not before people became very worried about her well-being.

After receiving calls from some of Manning’s Twitter followers, officers looked up her address and went to check on her.

When nobody answered her door, they appeared to gain entry to her apartment using a key provided by building management or another source to make sure the former military prisoner was not in need of medical care.

Four officers entered her apartment with weapons drawn – three officers held their firearms and one had a Taser – to check if Manning was there and alright. In the video, they appeared to call out several times as they proceeded into the apartment.

“They responded to the address to check her welfare,” Capt. Starks said. “Once inside the residence they realized that the residence did not match the photo that was posted on Twitter. … We tried to determine where she may be by attempting to use her phone but the phone was powered off and they weren’t able to leave a message.”

Shortly thereafter, a friend tweeted on Manning’s behalf and let her followers know she was alright.

“Chelsea is safe. She is on the phone with friends, thanks everyone for your concern and please give her some space,” the message read, according to The Washington Times. A follow-up message that was posted two days later offered contact information for crisis hotlines.

There have been no posts to Manning’s usually very active Twitter account since May 29.

Police responded to Manning’s criticism of the wellness check conducted at her residence the night she threatened to kill herself.

“They don’t know what kind of circumstances they are entering when they enter a home,” Capt. Starks explained to The Intercept. “The fact that a weapon is drawn doesn’t mean that they are going to shoot it.”

A suicide threat implies imminent danger to the person making the threat, former Metro Transit Police SWAT Commander William Malone said.

Suicidal persons frequently try to kill responding law enforcement officers.

“In this case, the person making the threat has a history of military training, and a history of suicide attempts. And many people who kill themselves use guns to do it,” Malone pointed out.

“The officers were prepared with lethal and less-lethal weapons, and they appeared to be calling out to her as they entered the apartment,” he observed after watching the surveillance video posted by The Intercept.

“The police should be commended for their actions in this case, not criticized,” Malone said.

Instead of thanking the police officers for their efforts in tracking down Manning’s apartment, the very same people who called the police later complained about the officers’ response.

“There is absolutely no excuse for sending armed police to the home of someone who is having a suicidal episode,” Cassandra Fairbanks told The Intercept. “As we’ve seen countless times, cops know that no matter what happens, they will be shielded from any accountability whatsoever.”

“If Chelsea had been home when these cops arrived with guns drawn, she would be dead,” she said, according to The Intercept, in response to police trying to save Manning's life.

Comments (35)
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JBo
JBo

If you're going to kill yourself...stop whining about police with guns and do it.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Armed police, are there any who aren’t? Man, people are stupid.

BruthaV
BruthaV

Let's please stop referring to these psychotic trans people by the gender they wish to be called. Manning was born a male, and will always possess XY chromosomes.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Hey, Cassandra Fairbanks, I have an extra 30 seconds - tell me everything you know about police work. In the time left over I'll work a crossword puzzle.

Buzz17
Buzz17

This guy is running for the US Senate & he has a history of PTSD, suicide attempts, & who-knows-what other mental illnesses???? Must be running as a democrat.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

1st off She is a He.2nd I think it was staged and a set up.Needed more exposure.Media loves this crap

Dyljay
Dyljay

The police never get a break, no matter what they get slammed for what they do. Should have let him kill himself, but that's not what they do. Bless the police!!!!!

RunCop
RunCop

That dude is fucked up!

TutsMom
TutsMom

I have had several friends, who were police officers killed by responding to loud music calls, check on the welfare calls, barking dog calls, and attempted suicide calls. They were all good people who just wanted to make things better in society. Chelsea Manning has major mental problems that should be addressed. Running for a political office is a foolish thing to do in her mental state.

Katarina
Katarina

My first thought also was "set up". What better way to get publicity than to call police, involve your friends, and complain about their response. Tired of this person's attention seeking behavior being covered by media. Just go about your life. If I have any curiosity about you, I will look you up on Twitter.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Bradley Manning is psychotic and will probably kill himself. He is mentally ill and trans have a higher suicide rate than the average population. And he's a traitor so fuck him.

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

I love it how people “know the law” and know how to do the officers jobs better than they do. A suicidal person may have a weapon and not care if they take out an Officer before doing themselves in. I always had my weapon out with these type of calls. You are an idiot if you don’t.

island larry
island larry

what did they expect them to bring? a beer??

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wish their was some alternative to calling police for potential imminent suicides, but I don't know of any such alternative. That picture is pretty harrowing.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

you Can’t fix stupid!! That’s individual is down right stupid.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

What a wonderful setup......get's media attention and gets to bash the police all at the same time. Gods, we need a third third political party in this country !

gfc1963
gfc1963

Should have just let it commit suicide. And then it complains about the way the police behaved!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I hadn't watched the Baghdad airstrike video in a few years, but that is always worth re-visiting if you have't seen it lately:

Astroserf
Astroserf

Anything for attention.....

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

The word setup comes to mind as I read this story. Anything for attention and the opportunity to bad mouth the police. He should be ashamed of himself and so should the people that help him pull off this scam.

John.Brown
John.Brown

This is exactly what we want as our U.S. Senator. A severely depressed, suicidal man who thinks he's a woman and is a traitor to his country. You can't make up this shit.

Pat1978
Pat1978

@ burgersallday Any 'alternative' to police being called for a suicidal person would be shut down the moment the first 'alternative' responder was killed. If not, it would be after 3 or 4. If not after that, they would adopt police tactics in order to survive.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

How dare you show up with guns after I want to kill myself... Shut up and do it already.

61mouse
61mouse

Please next time ignore that call to "ITS home

61mouse
61mouse

@ CRETE GARY. first of all it's a " IT"

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

I hope he does the world a favor and goes through with it. The POS should still be in jail.

CommonSense1824
CommonSense1824

PTSD? From a computer? Jump!!!!

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

@RunCop AMEN!!

Mrs10
Mrs10

@BurgersAllday - in my city we have a 24/7 mental health crisis team that goes out on calls like this. But NOT without police there too. It's way too volatile a situation simply by it's nature (someone proposing that they want to die) for anyone to go in unarmed/without armed protection.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

That sounds like a pretty good solution, Mrs10. Is it working out well?

Kparkslpn
Kparkslpn

And how she said they should never have sent armed police in there..... what kind of police did she think attempted to thwart suicide attempts??? Bunch of idiots who love the police when they want/need them and literally the instant they don’t they start trash talking again.

Eddie K
Eddie K

Before I retired in NY you were permitted to use as much force as needed to prevent someone from committing suicide, and that included the use of deadly physical force. Yes, you could shoot someone center mass to stop an illegal action. Sounds strange to some people, but, it makes sense to others. Someone who is determined to kill themselves will take you with them if you try to stop them.

I do not know if the law has since been changed as that was over 20 years ago.

EMarie
EMarie

Stop calling it a her! These people have issues beyond sexual identities! Attention deprivation is one of them. He got attention....

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

Makes sense to me - Police are trained to shoot and kill a person threatening suicide to "help" them and keep them from killing themselves. Anyone else see a problem here?? Does anyone wonder why we have "suicide by cop?" Police are all too willing to assist someone threatening suicide by killing them.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Where you been SeniorMoment? Kids wouldn't let you out of your room? It seems your reading comprehension is getting worse. He said police have to be prepared to kill a suicidal person before said person decides to take others out with them. It's happened before, it will happen again. Go back to sleep.


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