Family: System ‘failed’ at 22 before he was shot by police | KLRT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A man killed in a police shootout in June was about to be sent to a hospital.
“The family is completely devastated,” says Kymara Seals.
Seals, speaking on behalf of Tramon Savage’s family, said the past few months have been tough.
Court documents show the 22-year-old’s mother was sending him to hospital with mental health issues when he died.
“He didn’t want to register voluntarily,” Seals says.
Seals says Savage suffered multiple concussions while playing soccer and his attitude changed after high school.
Records show Savage began “drinking every day” and was diagnosed with clinical depression and refusing to take his medication.
Documents show Savage would “look around and laugh out loud” and say things like “he wished he could give people the talent he has, like hearing and seeing things.”
“The family did not have the help and assistance they needed from the state,” says Seals.
Online records show that Savage’s initial engagement hearing took place on June 11, but he could not be served with the documents ordering him to appear. He was postponed to June 14, after being purged, but that day he was shot dead by police hours before his hearing.
“It’s very unfortunate what happened to Mr. Savage,” says Margie Lickert, who works as a lawyer in the prosecution coordinator’s office.
Lickert works in the mental health court system.
She says the current system has been in place since 1989 with minor changes.
“I think the procedures we have done have done people a lot of good,” Lickert says.
She couldn’t talk about policy or procedural changes because that was left to lawmakers.
“I think our procedures were followed,” Lickert says.
“The system failed in Tramon and if he had received the resources, the family received the help they needed for him – they think Tramon would be alive today,” says Seals.
Lickert says that after someone files a motion to hire someone, that case is heard within three business days.
These hearings take place twice a week.
Lickert says there are about 20 to 30 cases on file per week.