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“Ed Thomas” Law Aims to Increase Communication Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health Officials

Posted: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 am
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The murder of a prominent Iowa high school football coach has prompted state lawmakers to look at a measure aimed at improving communication between hospitals and police. State Senator Becky Schmitz says in the murder of Ed Thomas, the suspect had been released from a hospital without law enforcement being notified despite having an outstanding warrant. Schmitz says under the Ed Thomas Law, magistrates will be allowed to order a hospital to inform law enforcement before discharging a wanted individual.