RBGG’s Michael Bien and Lisa Ells published an article in the Daily Journal on October 24, 2014, “Court Should Affirm 9th Circuit on Crisis Intervention Policing.”

“In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to review the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Feb. 21 decision in Sheehan v. City and County of San Francisco, 743 F.3d 1211 (9th Cir. 2014), which, in relevant part, followed three other circuits in holding that police must take reasonable steps under the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate people with disabilities, including mental illness, when effectuating arrests.

At first blush, law enforcement might decide they want the Supreme Court to grant the petition and reverse — freeing already overburdened police officers from any extra obligations. But law enforcement should welcome the Sheehan decision because it points the way to safer policing of individuals in mental health crisis.”

The full text of the article is available here:  Supreme Court Should Affirm 9th Circuit on Crisis Intervention Policing