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Since her son’s death, Mary Wilsey has become a fierce advocate of CIT.
“What happened in my home that day, I felt there was people that were not qualified to handle a mentally ill person,” she said. “And if you're not qualified, what the heck are you doing in my home? Get out. You should not be here.”
She submitted a proposal for a bill to her state representative called Keith’s Law, which would make CIT mandatory for all officers in North Carolina. She called it “common sense.”
“Train them so they can handle the population that they deal with every day,” she said. “My goal is to prevent another family from going through a terrible tragedy that has ruined our lives.”
For Wilsey, she plans on lobbying for the bill for as long as it takes until it’s passed.
“And then, I’m going to I'm going to Virginia,” she said. “And I'm going to Maryland. And then, I'm going anywhere I can go and get anybody I can to listen to me.”