Gregory Rogus Presents to Gateway Foundation on Liability Ramifications Arising from Police Interaction with Persons Having Mental Health Issues


June 20, 2013

Chicago, IL - On June 20, Segal McCambridge Shareholder Gregory Rogus presented to clinical psychologists and mental health professionals at the Gateway Foundation on the liability ramifications arising from instances of police interaction with people with mental health issues.

Mr. Rogus recently served on the trial team that obtained a landmark $22.5 million settlement on behalf of a mentally ill woman. After being held in police custody for twenty-eight hours, she was released into one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, and was subsequently abducted and sexually assaulted by a gang member in a nearby public housing project. In an apparent attempt to escape her attacker, she fell through a seventh-floor window and suffered serious, life-altering injuries. The ensuing civil lawsuit posed challenging issues regarding the constitutional culpability of various officers and other police personnel in their handling of the women’s arrest, detention, and release.

During his presentation, Mr. Rogus explored these issues, as well as questions of legal responsibility arising from other instances of police interaction with persons exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness, including use of force and jail suicide scenarios. The discussion included consideration of the liability ramifications not only for law enforcement personnel, but also for those mental health professionals involved in evaluating, treating, counseling, advising, or referring for commitment individuals facing or caught up in police-related circumstances.