Downtown Asheville standoff puts mental health system in spotlight | | Asheville Citizen-Times

Two standoffs with police sent Kenneth Eldimore Allison not to jail, but to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, including law enforcement.

And the system probably worked about as well as it can, even though Allison, 54, could well be back on the streets within days, raising the possibility of another confrontation with police.

Without Allison committing any more serious crimes, it’s about all the system can — or probably should — do, law enforcement officials and mental health experts say.

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