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Video: Memphis airport POLICE and disabled ST. JUDE PATIENT FIGHT

A Memphis International Airport security video shows the June 30, 2015 confrontation between security personnel and Hannah Cohen, a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient, that led Cohen to file a federal lawsuit.

MEMPHIS — A Memphis International Airport security video shows the confrontation between security personnel and Hannah Cohen, a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient, that led Cohen to file a federal lawsuit.

The incident happened on June 30, 2015, when Cohen, 19, and her mother, Shirley, went through security at the Memphis airport. The women were traveling back to their Chattanooga home following treatment at the Memphis-based hospital.

The video, obtained by The Commercial Appeal, shows Cohen speaking with several security agents. When one of the agents tries to detain her, Cohen tries to punch the agent, who then slams her to the floor. She then struggles to break free as the agent tries to handcuff her.

According to the lawsuit, an alarm went off when Hannah went through the security screening. She was described as being impaired from radiation treatment and the removal of a brain tumor. The aggressive cancer treatment left the teen with limited ability to talk, walk, stand, see and hear.

“(She) became disoriented and confused by the warning alarm and the actions of the personnel manning the security checkpoint to try to search her person because of her disability. The security personnel failed to recognize that she was confused because of her obvious disability and was unable to cooperate with the search,” the lawsuit said.

Transportation Security Administration and Memphis International Airport Police Department personnel were manning the checkpoint, according to the lawsuit filed several weeks ago.

Her mother tried repeatedly to tell personnel about Cohen’s brain tumor and disabilities, according to the lawsuit.

Her daughter, who had been under anesthesia the day before, is blind in her left eye and deaf in her left ear, Shirley Cohen said.

Two guards grabbed her daughter from both sides, the mother said.

“It freaked her out,” she told The Commercial Appeal. “They didn’t listen to me at all. When they grabbed her, it scared her, and she was trying to get away from them. The next thing I know, one of them slammed her down on the floor and busted her head open. There was blood everywhere.”

Security personnel arrested Hannah Cohen on allegations she lashed out and hit an officer in the shoulder, chest and face.

She had refused to go through additional screening or leave the checkpoint, an airport police report states. The officer was not injured, according to the report. All charges against Cohen were later dropped, according to the lawsuit.

Shirley Cohen said her daughter had been going to St. Jude for 17 years, which included traveling through the airport many times “without incident ever.”

TSA spokesman Mark Howell and Jerry Brandon, chief of public safety of the Memphis International Airport Police Department, said they could not comment on pending litigation. The Memphis International Airport Police Department is an independent agency, which is not part of the Memphis Police Department or Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

“At this point, it is alleged, ” Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Scott Brockman said. “Anybody can file anything, and we don’t comment on active litigation. Clearly there are additional facts in this matter, and we won’t comment until we address the litigation.”

Cohen and her mother are suing the airport police, TSA and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority for damages that include medical expenses, personal injury, emotional injury, pain, suffering and embarrassment. They ask for a “reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs,” the lawsuit states.

They allege the officers and agents of the TSA and airport police discriminated against Cohen because of her disability and failed to provide reasonable accommodation for screening her. They allege the airport authority failed to properly manage the personnel.

Cop Serving Eviction Notice Kills 12-Year-Old Pennsylvania Girl by Mistake

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Police shot and killed a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl by mistake when a cop’s bullet passed through her father’s arm and struck her, too, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

The girl, identified by relatives as Ciara Meyer, was standing behind her father in the doorway of their home Monday morning in Penn Township when a uniformed state police constable showed up to serve an eviction notice, state police said Tuesday.

Police said the girl’s father, Donald Bartho Meyer Jr., 57, pointed a .223 caliber rifle at Constable Clarke Steele, who fired a single round from his .40 caliber service weapon. The bullet passed through Meyer and struck Ciara, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meyer was treated at Hershey Medical Center. He was being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing Friday on state charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, according to court records.

Court records show that Meyer owed $1,780.85 in a landlord-tenant dispute.

State Police Trooper Robert T. Hicks told NBC station WGAL of Lancaster that Meyer knew the eviction notice was coming Monday, “so it was no surprise.”

“Unfortunately, the constable was put into a situation where he had to defend himself,” Hicks said. “Unfortunately, that little girl just happened to be behind her father at the time.”

A relative who wouldn’t be identified by name told WGAL on Tuesday that the incident could have been prevented.

“He [the father] was definitely wrong, and it could have been prevented,” WGAL quoted the relative as saying. “We as a family completely blame Don for this.”

A GoFundMe page to raise money for Ciara’s mother and to fund anti-domestic violence programs at the local school district described the little girl “a loving vibrant 12 year old who’s life was cut short far too early.”

“This was a terrible ending to a horrific series of events that could have been prevented,” it said. “Her family and friends will miss her.”

The girl attended classes in the Susquenita School District, Superintendent Kent Smith said Tuesday. He said psychologists and guidance counselors from the school district and from Holy Spirit Hospital in nearby Camp Springs were being made available to help pupils and staff

Man Down Video Portrays The Truth About Police Abuse.

Today, someone will have their life threatened by someone who believes their costume gives them the right to do whatever they want. As long as we think that we can hold Government accountable, nothing will change. When someone investigates and answers only to themselves, they will do what they want, when they want. We can live in a world without the the threat of being ruled by force, but first we must understand that we are free already and do not need anyone’s permission to live or exist.

“Even if you see something everyday, it does not mean it should be accepted as normal or OK”

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Parents Fighting Back, Suing Cops for Terrorizing School Children

COVINGTON, Ky. (CN) – A deputy sheriff handcuffed an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old at school in Kentucky, pinning their tiny arms above the elbows behind their backs, two mothers claim in federal court.

Described in the Aug. 3 complaint only by their initials, 8-year-old S.R. and 9-year-old L.G. allegedly endured the improper restraints on three occasions in fall 2014.

At the time, the students, both of whom suffer from disabilities, were elementary students in the Covington Independent Public Schools District, their mothers claim.

Kenton County Sheriff Charles Korzenborn entered into a deal with the district last summer to provide four deputies to serve as school resource officers through June 2015, according to the complaint.

The mothers say it was one of these officers, Kevin Sumner, who used unnecessary excessive force on their children.

“Because of the children’s small size in comparison to the handcuffs, which are designed for adults, defendant Sumner handcuffed them behind their backs and placed the handcuffs on their biceps (above the elbows),” the federal complaint states (parentheses in original).

Standing at just 3 ½ feet tall in the 2014-15 school year, S.R. was a 52-pound third-grade boy at Latonia Elementary School diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

L.G., a fourth grader last year at Carlisle Elementary School, also suffers from ADHD and weighed 56 pounds, her mother says.

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