The sister of a man charged with assaulting a police officer last week is speaking up, saying they’re unable to get help for him.
Terra Barton says her brother, Cali Peal-Barton, is a troubled young man, with a long history of violent behavior.
She says they had an unstable childhood, both parents struggled with alcoholism, and her father was a victim of residential schools.
Terra says she, Cali, and her sister were raised mainly by family members, but often the only stability in their childhood was taken away.
Terra says growing up, there were times she was afraid to be alone with her brother.
He did well when he was put into a special program in elementary school that gave him individualized attention.
But there was never any thought that he was anything but just a “bad kid”.
Terra says she now thinks that he might have a mental illness after he talked about his phone being hacked and cameras following him.
But because he’s now an adult, they require his consent for assessment.
She says they did set up an appointment with a doctor, but to no one’s surprise, he didn’t go through with the assessment.
She says the process to get him assessed for a mental illness without his consent is beyond her means and ability.
Terra says part of the problem is that he doesn’t have stability and support.
She points out that he was able to graduate from Parkside Secondary when he was living a structured lifestyle with proper support.
But she says she’s concerned that might be too little for him now, and that he requires professional medical help, saying jail time hasn’t deterred him from acts of violence.
Terra reached out to his probation officer that he was allegedly breaking his court conditions which included not to drink, use drugs or fight, but despite being arrested several times in Prince Rupert, no action was taken until he allegedly assaulted the police officer in a Terrace McDonald’s.
Cali is currently facing charges of Assaulting a Police Officer, Causing a Disturbance, Resisting Arrest, Assault, and Obstruction due to an April 6th incident.