Perry v. Adams, No. 19-2478 (8th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for summary judgment in an action brought by DeJuan Bison's family after DeJuan committed suicide by hanging himself in a cell after being transferred from the St. Louis City Justice Center to the City of Jennings Detention Center. Plaintiffs alleged that defendant was an officer who failed to notify detainee intake personnel with the City that Brison was suicidal when St. Louis transferred Brison into the City's custody.
The court concluded that defendant did not violate any clearly established right where she was not required to second-guess a mental health professional's judgment as to the substantiality of a suicide risk. The court explained that a mental health professional had determined that DeJuan was not suicidal and his classification as under Close Observation was, in an of itself, indicative of the absence of suicide risk.