Seattle, Washington, United States, December 28, 2014 – On the morning, at about 4 AM, Seattle police officer Daniel Erickson responded to a call from Swedish hospital on First Hill. It was still dark outside, the air, chilly.
Erickson would need to draw on his 40 hours of federally-mandated crisis intervention training — training specially designed to help him handle erratic individuals who might be suffering from addiction or mental illness without hurting them.
But Phillips was hurt in the encounter, her face bruised and bloodied. She was accused of assaulting the officer and charged.