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High Court: Police Immune over Arrest of Mentally Ill Woman

Monday, 18 May 2015 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.

The justices ruled Monday that police did not violate the rights of Teresa Sheehan when they forced their way into her room at a group home and shot her five times after she came at them with a knife.

The high court left undecided the question of whether police should have taken special precautions when arresting armed and violent people suffering from mental illness. Sheehan claimed police must make reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act for suspects with mental illnesses.

But the court said it wouldn't take up that question because it hadn't been fully considered by lower courts.

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