Teresa Sheehan

Supreme Court considers impact of disability law on police

This handout photo provided by Patricia C. Sheehan, taken Dec. 25, 2013, shows Teresa Sheehan. The Supreme Court on March 23, 2015, will consider whether police must take special precautions when trying to arrest a person who is mentally ill. The case centers on Teresa Sheehan. Police forced their way into her room at a group home after she threatened her social worker and when she came at them with a knife, officers shot her five times. Lawyers for Sheehan say the Americans With Disabilities Act requires police to make reasonable accommodations when arresting people who have mental or physical disabilities. (AP Photo/Patricia C. Sheehan)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.

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