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Police officers in Indiana face backlash for fatally shooting a schizophrenic man after negotiating with him for 40 minutes.

According to reports, South Bend Police SWAT officers opened fire on Dante Kittrell while he was in an open field with a handgun threatening suicide on July 29. Police officials said they tried to negotiate with the 52-year-old for 40 minutes. Authorities said he raised the weapon in the direction of the armored SWAT truck, forcing officers to fire the fatal shots.

Community leaders and activists say police “executed” the man with a long history of mental health problems. The police union said de-escalation attempts were unsuccessful, so officers took the right measures to resolve the incident.

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