U.S. Top Court Backs Police Over Arrest of Mentally Ill Woman

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that two San Francisco police officers cannot be sued over their use of force when arresting a knife-wielding woman with a history of mental illness in a confrontation in which she was shot multiple times. The court, in a 6-2 decision with Justice Stephen Breyer recusing himself, concluded the officers did not violate clearly established law during the 2008 incident involving Teresa Sheehan at the group home for people with mental health issues where she lived. The high court did not decide a second question in the case on whether the officers were required under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate Sheehan's mental disability.