NYPD sued over response to mental health crises

A coalition of New Yorkers with mental disabilities has sued the New York Police Department claiming that its continued use of police officers as first responders to mental health crises is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

The class-action lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said the plaintiffs were “unlawfully seized and forced into unconstitutional confinement in violation of their constitutional rights” and “injured physically and emotionally, while being involuntarily committed to a hospital against their will” after cops responded to their mental health crises.

One of the plaintiffs, Sarah Arvio, alleged she was forcibly detained and involuntarily hospitalized by NYPD officers

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