City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan
What's at Stake
Whether the ADA’s requirement to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities applies to arrests and detentions.
The question in this case is whether the police must modify their procedures, if feasible, when arresting and detaining persons with disabilities. The amicus brief submitted by the ACLU and leading disability rights organizations highlights the tragic consequences that too often follow when the police fail to make the reasonable accommodations required by the ADA. The brief also explains that standards adopted by many law enforcement agencies across the country demonstrate that both officer safety and public safety are enhanced when appropriate procedures are followed.