Court: Fla. cops can be sued over 'safety checks'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A sharply divided Florida Supreme Court
says law enforcement agencies can be sued over "safety checks"
that go bad.

The justices ruled 4-3 in the case of an elderly woman who later
died after Marion County deputies responding to a 911 call refused
to summon an ambulance even though they couldn't wake her.

Dissenting justices said the ruling would discourage law
enforcement agencies from doing safety checks for fear of being
sued.


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