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Justices Won’t Weigh Police Handling of Mentally Ill Suspect

May 20, 2019, 2:50 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t address what officers must do when encountering disabled criminal suspects—in this case, a mentally ill man who charged them at a convenience store.

The justices were asked to decide if the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits officers from using deadly force on a disabled individual so long as there are other safe and reasonable options.

The City of Newport Beach, Calif., said its officers acted reasonably in using deadly force against Gerrit Vos even though they suspected that he suffered from mental illness.

Vos, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was shot to death after police say he charged at them at a 7-Eleven.

The high court listed the case for consideration at several of the justices’ private conferences, yet no justice noted their dissent from the decision not to hear the case.

The case is City of Newport Beach v. Vos, U.S., No. 18-672, review denied 5/20/19.

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