TSA SHOWS TRUE COLORS: TSA’s Brutal Beatdown Of Disabled Student Has Family FIGHTING BACK!!!
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This is yet another public relations nightmare for the TSA and once again highlights how poorly run and managed this government agency is, which falls under the blanket authority of the Department of Homeland Security, and run by Secretary Jeh Johnson, a political appointee and carrier lawyer, with little actual security experience.
No doubt this is the end results of an agency that is woefully understaffed with serious hiring issues that manifested itself with the brutal beat down of Hannah Cohen, a partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, St. Jude patient, who was going home to Chattanooga after being treated for a brain tumor at the world-renowned hospital.
The incident took place at the Memphis International Airport, when Cohen set off the metal detector at a security checkpoint.
“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn't understand what they were about to do," said her mother Shirley Cohen.
The 19-year old has been making this trip to St. Jude Hospital for treatment, since she was 2-years old.
Cohen attempted to explain the issue to TSA agents that her daughter is easily confused, but said she was kept at a distance by police.
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“She's 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,” said Cohen.
This is teen-age cancer patient Hannah Cohen after beating by TSA agents. She's partly deaf & blind in one eye pic.twitter.com/cogDAiyZN2
— Ivan G.Goldman (@ivan_goldman) July 2, 2016
There’s little doubt after looking at the photos that both the TSA and police overreacted and used excessive force in handling the situation, Hannah was arrested, and later released and all charges were dropped.
However the Cohen’s have filed a lawsuit against the airport, the TSA and airport police…no doubt security is an issue, however a little common sense goes a long way.
The TSA is of course refusing to own up to any wrong doing:
Reports on the unfortunate situation in Memphis are inaccurate. Police responded when the passenger refused screening or to leave.
— TSA (@TSA) July 1, 2016