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Supreme Court tosses claim against S.F. police who shot mentally disabled woman
Supreme Court tosses claim against S.F. police who shot mentally disabled woman

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out an excessive-force claim against two San Francisco police officers who twice forced their way into the kitchen of a mentally ill woman and then shot her when she brandished a knife. "The Constitution is not blind to the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments," Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. But the court did not decide the key question raised by the case of San Francisco vs. Teresa Sheehan — whether police must take special care when arresting people who are mentally ill. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers and the government to make accommodations for people with a physical...

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