Hannah Cohen 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.
Jul 2016. MEMPHIS, TN – Hannah Cohen, a special needs teenager returning home from a brain tumor treatment at St. Jude Hospital was battered, bloodied and jailed after an encounter with TSA agents at a security checkpoint.
They’ve made this trip for 17-years, according to the teen’s mother Shirley Cohen. But this one was unlike any they had experienced before. And hopefully never have to experience again.
Upon arriving at the security checkpoint with her mother, Hannah Cohen, 19, set off a metal detector. TSA agents identified her for further screening.
“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said her mother, Shirley Cohen.
Shirley Cohen realized her daughter’s confusion at the situation. She attempted to tell the TSA agents that her daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused.
As usual, the police didn’t care. They restrained her and she was kept away from the TSA agents, according to WREG 3.
Hannah Cohen, frightened and confused, disabled, not understanding what was happening due to her disabilities, attempted to flee.
The TSA agents violently took her to the ground causing Hannah Cohen, who had just finished a brain tumor treatment, to hit her head on the ground.
Hannah should have been celebrating the end of her treatment at St. Jude. Instead, she was taken from Memphis International Airport in handcuffs. Terrified and bloodied, she was arrested and booked into jail for the night.
“Here we were with nowhere to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone to Chattanooga,” said Shirley Cohen.
While all charges against Hanna Cohen were dismissed, the family has filed a lawsuit against the Memphis International Airport, Transportation Security Administration and the Memphis Airport Police.
Rightfully so. These people need to learn some compassion, and good manners. Something LEOs lack in abundance.
The organizations have refused to comment due to pending litigation. Sari Koshetz, a speaker for Homeland Security infamously said of the incident: “Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”
Well gee, thanks for that info Sari. Is there anything else you would like to add to that?”
Shirley Cohen still can’t believe that her daughter had to needlessly go through such a traumatic experience after having already been through so much in her 19-years. And it was needless. Just a little bit of patience and understanding on the part of those TSA agents could have prevented the entire incident.
“She’s 19 but she’ll always be my baby. We’ve been through so much.”
Had anyone simply taken the time to listen to the girl’s mother as she attempted to inform the TSA agents of her daughter’s disabilities all of this could have been avoided.
It’s bad enough that we have thugs like this in our police forces, but it is very disturbing to see this same type of person working as security officers at our airports.
Birds of a feather really do flock together. Especially in law enforcement and security.
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