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SIGN to say POLICE CANNOT BE EXEMPT from Americans with Disabilities Act

Fill in the form below to send a message to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Attorney General Holder, President Obama and the media saying NO appeal to Supreme Court to exempt the police from the Americans with Disabilities Act! (scroll down below the form to see the text).

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To: Mayor Ed Lee, City and County of San Francisco and City Attorney Dennis Herrera,tt City and County of San Francisco

CC: Attorney General Eric Holder, President Barrack Obama and members of the media

Dear Mayor Lee and City Attorney Herrera:

I join more than 42 civil rights and disability rights groups and many progressive individuals in urging you to withdraw your appeal in the case of City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. Your appeal could result in the Supreme Court exempting police from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the most comprehensive civil rights law for individuals with disabilities. Your appeal puts the ADA at risk, and could lead to an increase in unwarranted police killings of people with disabilities.

People with disabilities need the ADA’s protections when they encounter law enforcement. A 2013 study by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sherriff’s Association revealed that at least half of the people shot and killed by police are people with mental disabilities. Many times these police had been called to help a person in psychiatric crisis. Often police who are first on the scene quickly respond with deadly force, without waiting for a unit specially trained to deal with people with disabilities to arrive.

In San Francisco, the figures are even higher. A local review of 51 San Francisco police involved shootings between 2005 and 2013 found that 58% of the 19 shootings of people killed by police had a psychiatric disability.

People with many types of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, emotional disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, diabetes, epilepsy and deafness, face dangerous and often deadly consequences when law enforcement officials fail to honor the ADA.

The ADA needs to be expanded and honored, especially when it comes to encounters with police. Having a disability must not be a death sentence!


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