Paralyzed Woman Beat-Down by Out of Control TSA



A disabled woman intending to board a flight home following treatment for a brain tumor became confused and afraid at a security checkpoint, and was violently restrained and arrested by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents.

Hannah Cohen, 19, is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and prone to confusion. Damage from radiation treatments and the removal of a brain tumor limit her ability to “speak, walk, stand, see, hear, care for herself, learn and work, think, concentrate, and interact with others,” a lawsuit details.The incident occurred on June 30, 2015, as she was returning home from Tennessee with her mother after completing treatment at St. Jude Hospital.

Cohen, unarmed, set off a metal detector at the security checkpoint.

“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” Shirley Cohen, her mother, told local station WREG.

The mother was kept away from her frightened daughter after the latter attempted to run away. The teenager was tackled by agents.

“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 the mother.

The teenager was arrested and booked.

Eventually, the charges were dropped, but her family has now filed a lawsuit against Memphis police, airport police and the TSA over the abuse.

A spokesperson for the TSA has released a statement, essentially blaming Hannah and her family for the violence.

“Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation,” a TSA spokesperson stated.

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  1. I wish people boycotted TSA. not rent to them, not sell them food or gasoline, and more.
    “your money is no good here, leave now!”. the same thing government does to people they dont like “haha you cant get a JOB because you’re blacklisted”, is a “favor” in need of being returned. I feel the same needs to happen to thuggin “police”, “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” could go a long way if people became half organized about doing it.

  2. Beyond disgusting, I hope they sue for millions!

    The TSA workers are straight outta prison, mostly for sexual offenses. You have to be comfortable invading a persons privacy, groping people’s private parts and have propensity for violence. That;s who they have working in the airports.

    This was all planned…

  3. This whole entire ongoing TSA decale of sexual harassment, invasion of privacy and the countless hours waiting in queue for no reason, all started from 9/11 and Bush Jnr false ‘War on Terror’.
    I really do feel sorry for you decent kind American citizens who are continually harassed and violated by the TSA.

  4. Really, they need to check that candidates for recruitment have a proper level of analytical intelligence and empathy (in a nutshell : common sense), the empathy being the more important.

    Just to look at that girl’s poor face, admittedly distraught in the photo, and the vibes she would have given off in her terror, is to see that she would not have been a danger to anyone, but more like a victim in this increasingly lawless society.

    Judging by the statement of the TSA, spokesperson, the person responsible for this outrage is, if anything, more despicable than the robotic goon.

    When justice leaves a society, what are its leaders but mighty bands of robbers, as St Augustine of Hippo so shrewdly remarked.

  5. TSA agents have yet to catch a single terrorist, and fail to identify 95% of guns and explosives used in tests of the system’s effectiveness, but they are dab hands at putting a beat down on women, children, and the disabled. Are TSA agents now getting their training from Israel / ICTS, or does TSA just hire aggressive, incompetent sociopaths as part of SOP?

    I do wish this young woman and her family good luck with their lawsuit(s), although I’d be a lot happier if any judgment(s) came out of the pockets of the people who did the beating or defended that action rather than coming from the pockets of much beleaguered US taxpayers.

  6. So much sympathy and compassion that the girl has been blamed. This unlawful entity proves its disdain for Americans over many times and many ways.

  7. They are even beating people allegedly descended from the priesthood (i.e. Cohen, Kahane, ect.) now.

  8. Fascism in America is starting to look more like Brown Shirts. People like these TSA people thinking that there are terrorists around every corner are going to have a hard time coming to grips with the reality of 9/11.

    Hopefully, her recovery can mirror Angel Colon’s in speed and thoroughness.

    “Please call ahead to make arrangements for the security process.” What a messed up nightmare our country has turned into. Land of the free, indeed.

    • Indeed. People that vote(d) for George Bush 2nd term in office cannot really change anything in America or abroad. Nobody can help them, let alone the “patriotic” administration and clerks who are led to believe in a cult of an uncorruptible unprocessable god-like emperor that stands for Presidency of the United States.

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