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Supreme Court Sides With Police in Confrontations With Mentally Disabled

May 19, 2015  | 

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for using force against people with mental disabilities when their constitutional right to privacy is not clear, reports USA Today.

The 6-2 ruling exonerated two San Francisco police officers who broke into the room of a mentally disabled woman and shot her after she threatened them with a knife.

It was a victory for the city/county police force, and more broadly for law enforcement officers nationwide who regularly must decide whether to use force against people exhibiting erratic behavior.

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kevCopAz @ 5/20/2015 7:22 AM

6 to 2 is a landslide in todays Supreme Court Wonder who the 2 idiots that voted against this are? Want to guess they are LIB appointments? Don't bet your check on it you will lose for sure.

TBOW426 @ 5/20/2015 12:53 PM

Actually the two who voted no (Scalia and Kagan) wanted to throw the ENTIRE case out instead leaving some gray area.

Lt Dan @ 5/20/2015 1:59 PM

Pharmacology as the primary treatment method for mental illness IS NOT WORKING. Therapy and institutionalization are necessary. Some, sadly, just need to be institutionalized for society's well being. If the pendulum swung back TODAY, there aren't enough beds to address the needs.

132&Bush @ 5/20/2015 4:50 PM

Justice Stephen Breyer recused himself from the case, most likely because his brother, Charles, was the federal district court judge who originally heard the case and dismissed Sheehan's claim.

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