Alcohol- and drug-related charges are also common because alcohol and drug use among thispopulation frequently occurs as a secondary problem among the mentally ill (e.g., a womanwith manic-depressive illness in Califomia was arrested for being drunk and disorderly on thestreet). There have been numerous arrests for driving while under the influence of alcohol ordrugs; in some cases the person has not used either but, because of bizarre behavior, isassumed to have done so by the arresting officer.Trespassing is another catchall charge police officers often use to remove mentally ill personsfrom the street. A man with schizophrenia and alcohol abuse in New Hampshire has beenarrested 26 times, mostly on trespassing charges. A woman in Tennessee reported that her sonwith schizophrenia had been arrested and put in jail for holding a sign that says "Will WorkFor Food" and on another occasion for sleeping in a cemetery. In another scenario thatfrequently leads to arrest for trespassing, the mentally ill person has a delusion of owning abuilding; a man in Florida was arrested for refusing to leave a motel "that God had givenhim," and a man in Kansas entered a farmhouse and went to sleep because he believed he hadwon the farm as a prize from a cigarette company.Local businesses often exert pressure on the police to get rid of "undesirables," including thementally ill. This is especially true in tourist towns such as New Orleans, where the policehave a well-known reputation for "cleaning the streets" by arresting all vagrants and homelesspersons. A police official in Atlanta described how mentally ill homeless persons at the city'sairport are routinely arrested, while a sheriff in South Carolina confided that "our problemsusually stem from complaints from local business operators.""Mercy bookings" by police who are trying to protect the mentally ill are also surprisinglycommon. This is especially true for women, who are easily victimized, even raped, on thestreets. A sheriff in Arizona admitted that police officers "will find something to charge theperson with and bring her to jail." A jail official in West Virginia, after describing how thelocal state psychiatric hospital routinely discharged severely disabled patients to the streets,said, "If the mental institutions will not hold them, I will."In Madison, Wisconsin, police arrested a mentally ill woman who was yelling on the streetsand charged her with disorderly conduct. According to a police department spokesperson,"People called us because they were afraid she'd be assaulted ... the woman was notexhibiting the dangerous behavior necessary for commitment to Mendota [State Hospital],she didn't want to go to a shelter and no one could force medication on her."53So the policearrested and jailed her for her own protection.