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CRIME AND CRIMINALS: ASSAULT :

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THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION:

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DISCRIMINATION:

'Confused' Cancer Patient, 19,Was Bloodied
by Memphis Airport Security and Thrown in Jail for a Night, Suit Says

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'Confused' Cancer Patient, 19,Was Bloodied
by Memphis Airport Security and Thrown in Jail for a Night, Suit Says

BY LAURA BULT

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Saturday, July 2, 2016, 5:36 PM

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ confused-cancer-patient-bloodied-tsa-agents-suit-article-1.2697079

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A disabled Tennessee teen was trying to make it home to celebrate the end of her brain cancer treatment last year but instead she was bloodied and bruised by Memphis airport security and locked up in jail for a night, a new lawsuit says.

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Hannah Cohen, 19, was traveling home to Chattanooga, Tenn. on June 30, 2015 after receiving a final round of radiation for a brain tumor at St. Judes hospital when she set off the the metal detector at the Memphis International Airport.

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TSA agents told Hannah they needed to take her to a sterile area where they could search her, but the disabled teen was confused and tried to get away from the officers, her mother, Shirley Cohen, said.

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Observing the situation escalate, her mother attempted to explain to the officers that the teen was impaired from radiation treatment, which left her deaf, blind in one eye and partially paralyzed, her familys attorneys said.

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She is a St. Judes patient and she can get confused Shirley Cohen attempted to tell them, but was restrained. Please be gentle. If I could help her, it will make things better, Cohen tried to say, according to the Guardian.

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Cohen then watched the unfolding scuffle which left her disoriented daughter wounded.

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One of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere, Cohen told WREG News.

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Cohen reached for her phone as it came off the securitys conveyor belt, and snapped a photo of Hannahs bloodied face as she cried in anguish.

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I felt so helpless. I sat down on a bench facing away so I couldnt see what they were doing to my daughter, Cohen told the Guardian.

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Hannah was cuffed and booked overnight in a Memphis jail instead of flying home and was reunited a day later in the jails parking lot, the suit says.

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Cohen told the Guardian that her daughter collapsed in her arms and cried, saying Im sorry, Mama.

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A judge who saw Hannahs injuries the next day tossed the charges against her and refunded the familys $250 in court fees.

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TSA sued after beating up disabled teenage cancer patient

In News by Jordan Freiman

July 2, 2016

Death and Taxes

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/295661/ tsa-sued-after-beating-up-disabled-teenage-cancer-patient/

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19-year-old Hannah Cohen and her mother Shirley are suing the TSA over an incident that occurred about a year ago when the then 18-year-old was beaten by agents while attempting to go through security at Memphis international airport.

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Hannah and her mother were attempting to fly to Chattanooga for the holidays, a trip Shirley claims they made hundreds of times. Hannah is a patient at St. Judes hospital in Memphis, where she is being treated for a brain tumor. Hannah and Shirley told The Guardian that Hannahs condition left her easily confused and frightened in unfamiliar situations.

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On June 30, 2015, Hannah set off the alarm on the airport body scanner as she went through security. Her and her mother believe it was because of the sequins on her shirt, which she offered to remove since she had another shirt on underneath. A female TSA agent allegedly laughed at the suggestion. Meanwhile, Shirley, who had already gone through security attempted to inform agents about Hannahs condition.

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Family Sues After Disabled Teen Beaten Bloody at Memphis Airport


According to the lawsuit, airport security threw the 19-year-old to the ground after she refused to go back through a metal detector.

Brooke Binkowski

Snopes

http://www.snopes.com/2016/07/02/disabled-teen-beaten-memphis-tsa/

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10. The Plaintiff, Hannah Cohen, is an individual who has a physical and mental impairment that substantially limit one or more of her life activities and has a record of such impairment. She had this physical and mental impairment on June 30, 2015 and before.

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11. More particularly, the Plaintiff, Hannah Cohen, has damage from radiation and removal of a brain tumor that substantially limits her ability to speak, walk, stand, see, hear, care for herself, learn and work, think, concentrate, and interact with others.

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12. This substantial limitation on her life activity by the radiation and removal of the brain tumor causes her to be significantly limited in the ability the life activities listed above compared to the manner, duration, and conditions which individuals are able to perform these activities. This substantial limitation is obvious on sight and was obvious on June 30, 2016.

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When Hannah Cohen went through airport security, she apparently set off the metal detectors. When she was approached by TSA workers, she became disoriented and confused and refused to go through the scanner again.

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The lawsuit details that her mother tried to intervene, but to no avail:

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16. The Plaintiff, Shirley Cohen, repeatedly tried to tell the personnel manning the security checkpoint of her daughter's brain tumor and disabilities. However, the personnel at the security checkpoint refused to listen to the Plaintiff, Shirley Cohen, concerning her daughter's disability. They proceeded to assault the Plaintiff, Hannah Cohen, at the checkpoint, causing her physical and emotional injury as well as emotional injury to the Plaintiff, Shirley Cohen as she witnessed the assault on her daughter.

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Shirley Cohen snapped a photograph of her daughter on the ground before she says she was pushed away by security. Hannah Cohen was arraigned on "various charges," which were later dropped in their entirety:

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The next morning now two days without their belongings, which had made the flight home the pair appeared before a local judge, who asked the accused to explain herself.

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When Hannah responded, the judge said: Youre going to have to speak up.

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Thats when Hannah looked up and her hair fell back from her face, revealing her unseeing eye, surrounded by cuts and contusions.

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The judges eyes got big and round, Shirley said.

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After inquiring if the pair were from Memphis, the judge recommended they get legal representation.

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Lawsuit: TSA Agents Assaulted Disabled Teen Cancer Patient

790 KABC

http://www.kabc.com/news/lawsuit-tsa-agents- assaulted-disabled-teen-cancer-patient/

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Chattanooga mom sues TSA for slamming her disabled daughter's head into the ground
July 1st, 2016

by Ellis Smith

in Local Regional News

Read Time: 2 mins.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/jul/01/
chattanooga-mom-suing-tsa-slamming-her-disabled-daughters-head-ground/ 374044/

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http://tinyurl.com/hzcvocy

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Cohen, who is blind in her left eye and deaf in her left ear, is impaired from radiation and removal of a brain tumor, and is limited in her ability to talk, walk, stand, see and hear. Her mother, Shirley Cohen, says she begged Transportation Security Administration screeners to let her help her disabled daughter through the checkpoint, but she said they called for backup instead.

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"They were grabbing her from both sides," Shirley Cohen alleged Friday. "One of them slammed her down, hit her head on the cement, and there was blood everywhere."

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As two agents thrust their knees into her daughter's back and clapped handcuffs around her wrists, another agent grabbed Shirley Cohen and pulled her away from her daughter, she said.

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Later, in an interrogation room, a TSA agent told her that her daughter had struck one of the agents, and the agency was going to press charges, Cohen said. After a night in the hospital with two guards standing watch outside the door, officers booked her daughter into jail.

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Though prosecutors eventually dropped the charges and refunded her bail bond, Cohen said that hardly justifies the way her daughter was treated.

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Though Hannah Cohen is now tumor-free, her run-in with the Memphis screeners shattered her life. The 19-year-old has now graduated from high school and started taking classes at Chattanooga State Community College, but she's since dropped out of school and is taking a semester off.

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The family lives in Harrison, just north of Chattanooga.

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"The stress of all this, she wasn't able to continue full-time hours so she lost her scholarship," her mother said.

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In a lawsuit filed on June 28 that named the TSA and the various agencies that manage the airport as defendants, Cohen asked for damages not to exceed $100,000 for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as negligent infliction of emotional distress.

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In the lawsuit, Cohen alleges that the TSA didn't provide any reasonable accommodation for screening given Hannah Cohen's disability, and assaulted her in the airport without cause.

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"They think they are above the law," she said. "The one time they let me go back [into her daughter's hospital room] to take her some food, one of them was grinning at me the whole time, and I was like, 'We'll see.'"

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Posted July 1, 2016 - 7:29pm

Disabled woman with cancer hurt, arrested by Memphis airport security

The ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted July 1, 2016 - 7:29pm

Las Vegas Review Journal

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/ disabled-woman-cancer-hurt-arrested-memphis-airport-security

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The lawsuit says an alarm went off as she and her mother were going through a security checkpoint operated by the Memphis International Airport Police Department and the Transportation Safety Administration. Hannah Cohen became disoriented by the alarm and the security workers attempts to search her, the lawsuit says.

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The security personnel failed to recognize that she was confused because of her obvious disability and was unable to cooperate with the search, Cohens lawyers, Kelly Pearson and William Hardwick, wrote in the lawsuit.

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Her mother, Shirley Cohen, said she tried to tell TSA agents about her daughters disability, but she was kept away by police.

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Shes trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere, Shirley Cohen told WREG-TV.

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The lawsuit alleges the security personnel assaulted Hannah Cohen at the checkpoint, causing her physical and emotional injury as well as emotional injury to her mother.

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Hannah Cohen was arrested, but the charges were later dropped. The family filed a federal lawsuit against the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and the TSA for damages that include pain, medical expenses, personal and emotional injury, and embarrassment.

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The lawsuit alleges that the TSA and airport police discriminated against Cohen because of her disability and failed to provide reasonable accommodation for screening her. The suit asks for a reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs.

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July 2, 2016

Disabled teenager beaten up by TSA agents

By Rick Moran

American Thinker

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/07/ disabled_teenager_beaten_up_by_tsa_agents.html

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http://tinyurl.com/jo4xek2


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What brave TSA agents we have. Did they give a medal to the hero who threw the little girl to the ground and busted her head open?

There have been so many outrages committed by TSA personnel over the years that we've become inured to their incompetence and arrogance. What it comes down to is this: the culture in the TSA ecourages a lack of accountability, promotion of managers who deserve to be fired, poor training of agents, and an entitled arrogance from top to bottom.

And the traveling public are the victims.

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Law Case Filing

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SHIRLEY-COHEN-AND-HANNAH-COHEN-VS-TRANSPORTATION-SECURITY-ADMINISTRATION

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