Court Rules That Police Must Be Careful In Dealing With The Mentally Ill
Publication Date: 2014-03-06
Source: Daily Journal
Professor Robert Weisberg comments on a recent court ruling that will change the way police officers treat physically or mentally disabled citizens during arrests.
A recent U.S. appeals court ruling will force law enforcement officers to consider an individual's mental or physical disabilities when making an arrest or doing a forced entry, experts say.
"It's the first time that police out west have been formally warned that they must take account of mental illness when they do a forced entry," said Robert Weisberg, a professor at Stanford Law School.
"They have to distinguish aggressive criminals from hyper-emotional mentally ill people and show more restraint," he added.More News from Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC)