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In December of 2017, the World Health Organization included “gaming disorder” in its list of mental health conditions for its upcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases. That same week, a Kansas man was shot by police over a fake call stemming from a video game dispute. By the time Wichita police realized that the report of a deadly shooting and hostage situation was false, Andrew Thomas Finch was dead. Not only did the police have the wrong person, so did the prank caller. According to his family, Finch did not play video games.

The shooting has sparked national speculation on whether the officer who shot Finch was justified, and whether his actions were “objectively reasonable.” Finch’s family, meanwhile, has recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Witchita, seeking unspecified damages. In a statement, their attorney said, “Two children — a 7-year-old boy and an almost 2-year-old girl — lost their father because of the unjustified and unconstitutional acts of the Wichita Police Department.” But the incident has also raised wider questions about accountability. On December 26, Tyler Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles in connection to the call to …read more

Source:: Salon – Innovation


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