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."
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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