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Supreme Court To Consider Role Of Disabilities Act When Police Confront Mentally Ill Suspect

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Supreme Court To Consider Role Of Disabilities Act When Police Confront Mentally Ill Suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering whether the Americans With Disabilities Act requires police to take special precautions when trying to arrest armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill. The justices hear arguments Monday in a dispute over how police in San Francisco dealt with a woman suffering from schizophrenia who had threatened […]

Supreme Court To Consider Role Of Disabilities Act When Police Confront Mentally Ill Suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering whether the Americans With Disabilities Act requires police to take special precautions when trying to arrest armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill.

The justices hear arguments Monday in a dispute over how police in San Francisco dealt with a woman suffering from schizophrenia who had threatened to kill her social worker.

Police forced their way into Teresa Sheehan’s room at a group home and then shot her five times after she came at them with a knife.

Sheehan survived and later sued the city, claiming police had a duty under the ADA to consider her mental illness and take more steps to avoid a violent confrontation.

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