Thomas beating a reminder of how quickly things can go awry
KTUU Alaska - almost 5 years
I began worrying more than seven years ago, when I first brought him the violins donated by readers.
Would they make my new friend, a Juilliard-trained musician who'd suffered a breakdown 35 years earlier, less safe on the streets of skid row?
Would he be attacked by thieves?
And that was just the beginning of the worries. As I got to know Nathaniel Anthony Ayers better, I fretted not just about whether I could protect him, but also about how to help him.
Time passes; the worries never do. Uncertainty lingers constantly when you have a relationship with someone who has a severe mental illness, and watching the video this week of the Kelly Thomas beating was a reminder of how quickly things can go horribly awry.
Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man whose entire adult life was a constant struggle with schizophrenia, was settling in for another night on the streets last July when the police approached him. Half an hour later, he was lying on the groun
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