NPAP Amicus Brief in Support of Respondent Teresa Sheehan. Police are trained in safe tactics for handling the mentally ill. The Fourth Amendment requires police to adjust their tactics when dealing with emotionally disturbed or mentally ill persons.
For an analysis of the case see Prof. Michael Avery's article Do the Americans With Disablities and Civil Rights Acts Apply to Police Operations? at Truthout: http://truth-out.org/news/item/29342-do-the-ada-and-civil-rights-act-apply-to-police-operations Copyright Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission.