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 Article of Interest - Legal Issues

Judge Gives Green Light to Lawsuit

by Kara McConnell, February 27, 2003, the Sentinel Online

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A U.S. Middle District Court judge has ruled that a section of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers police practices and that a police department can be sued for failing to train its officers to handle mentally ill and disabled suspects.


"Nothing in the statute, regulations or legislative history (of the ADA) suggests any exceptions to the act for certain police activities," Judge Yvette Kane's wrote in a 12-page opinion Feb. 10 in "Schorr v. Borough of Lemoyne."


Her decision gives the green light to an ADA claim in a civil rights suit brought by the parents of 25-year-old Ryan Schorr, a mentally ill Wormleysburg man who was shot and killed by a police officer on Nov. 18, 2000.


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