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Estate of Allen v. City of Rockford.

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Estate of Allen v. City of Rockford, 349 F.3d 1015 (7th Cir. 2003). A pretrial detainee sued a city and several police officers under [section] 1983, alleging due process violations stemming from unwanted medical treatment received at a hospital following her arrest for driving under the influence of drugs. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants. The appeals court affirmed. The appeals court held that the officers owed the detainee a duty of care and safety during the time that the detainee was at the hospital, and that the officers' failure to intervene with the forcible medical treatment of the detainee did not violate her due process rights. The officers had taken the detainee to a hospital for the purpose of obtaining a urine sample. An emergency room physician stated that the detainee was not competent to make medical decisions regarding her health and might suffer a potentially life-threatening drug overdose if a drug screen was not conducted. The officers did not prevent the forcible extraction of blood and urine samples. (City of Rockford, Illinois)
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Title Annotation:violation of due process of law
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:Feb 1, 2004
Words:186
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