ONLY ON 3: Loyd Family Reacts to OPD Policy Change
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CREATED Oct. 1, 2013
Omaha, NE - "Why, I just don't understand. When you trying to get help, you crying out for help, why you can't get it."
Mikael Loyd's grandmother still can't understand how it all came to this.
"Why, why did it take so long. Why did have to be my grandson, you know who's sitting behind bars when they could've did something early on."
The Omaha Police Department finished its investigation into Lasting Hope, Mikael Loyd and the death of Melissa Rodriguez.
Officers were after Loyd in mid August for a misdemeanor warrant. They placed him in Emergency Protective Custody and checked him into the Lasting Hope Facility for mental health care.
Only Lasting Hope released Loyd without contacting OPD. Police believe later that day Loyd strangled his girlfriend Melissa Rodriguez.
"This situation that happened with Mike and with Melissa? There's far more, other situations, and worse situations that has happened than this, how come they didn't change the policy long time ago?"
In an email, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says this specific incident calls for a change in OPD's Standard Operating Procedure, in regards to mental health placement.
Schmaderer says "I have determined our policy did not adequately cover the release of individuals with warrants who were placed into protective custody."
It's now in writing, a checked box, that police will be notified upon release of an individual with a warrant.
"I wish we coulda got that early on, every day Mike sits behind bars is a day he could be sitting in a mental facility getting the help that he needs."
Dee Loyd says she's in talks with State Senator Brad Ashford and Ernie Chambers about treating mental illness in Nebraska.
She plans to tell her story at the capitol in hopes changes will be made.