This is awful!
A young disabled woman was beaten bloody by federal agents during an airport security screening — right after undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
Hannah Cohen was at Memphis International Airport making the routine trip back home to Chattanooga, Tennessee with her mother after getting treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on June 30, 2015.
The 19-year-old has limited ability to walk, talk, stand, and hear due to an impairment from radiation and removal of a brain tumor — and is easily confused as a result.
According to Cohen’s legal team, the unarmed woman accidentally set off the metal detector at the security checkpoint and didn’t understand that TSA was about to conduct further scanning, explaining:
“(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.”
Though Shirley Cohen repeatedly tried to tell TSA agents her daughter is partially blind, deaf, paralyzed, and underwent anesthesia the day before, the mother was reportedly kept at a distance by police.
“[Hannah was] 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.”
Wow, this is unreal!
Shirley released a photo of her bloodied daughter from the arrest, but we have to warn you that it’s pretty graphic (below):
Hannah was arrested and locked up in jail. Even though authorities later threw out the charges, the family filed a lawsuit against the Memphis Airport, Airport Police, and the TSA!
Of course, airport safety protocols should be taken very seriously, but there’s no reason this woman needed to endure a bloody beat down — especially with her mother right there explaining her case.
[Images via WREG.]