CITIES CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR POOR WORKER TRAINING, HIGH COURT RULES
WASHINGTON — Local governments may be forced to pay monetary damages to people whose rights are violated by inadequately trained public employees, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday. Ruling in a case from Canton, Ohio, the justices said cities and towns may be held legally accountable if the inadequate training stemmed from governmental ``deliberate indifference.''
Justice Byron R. White said the court was imposing a stringent standard for those filing such suits because any lesser standard would open local governments to ``unprecedented liability.''
The decision is a setback for Canton officials who sought to kill a lawsuit by a woman who says police failed to get needed medical attention for her after she was arrested for speeding.