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Disabled Teen Cancer Patient Bloodied by TSA

Hannah Cohen's family is seeking damages for medical expenses and emotional pain.

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WREG

For 17 years, Hannah Cohen and her family have traveled between their home in Chattanooga and Memphis so she could receive treatment for a brain tumor at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. After completing the end of her treatment on June 30 of last year, then-18-year-old Hannah and her mother, Shirley, made their way through Memphis International Airport to get on a flight home, as they had so many times before.

However, the Cohens did not make it back to Chattanooga that night. Instead, Hannah was locked up in a Shelby County jail, her face bloodied and bruised after a confrontation with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents.

Her years of treatment left the teenager partially deaf, blind in one eye, and limited in her abilities to walk and talk. She also, according to her mother, can become easily confused.

When Hannah went through the metal detector at the airport, an alarm went off. Disoriented by the noise, she did not immediately cooperate with TSA agents who asked to conduct further screening.

Shirley Cohen tried to inform the agents about her daughter's disabilities, she told television station WREG, but airport police kept her away. That's when the situation between Hannah and the TSA officials became violent:

"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 [Shirley].

Security personnel arrested Hannah (though all charges against her were later dropped), and what should have been a night of celebration with family and friends because a night of terror and confusion in a jail cell.

A year later, the family is suing the airport, its police, and the TSA for damages, including medical expenses and emotional injuries. According to the lawsuit, they are asking for a "reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs."

The defendants declined to comment, while TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz noted in a statement that "passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation."

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    1. Here she is, and yes, she strikes me as one of “those” dog people.

    2. Banality my ass. That’s the Mouth of Sauron.

    3. Anyone want to bet she doesn’t have to wait in the TSA line and gets to just flash her ID and walk through a side door into the terminal and right onto the plane?

    4. Who’s that women on her left?

    5. I’m surprised. A cunt like that usually owns eight cats.

  1. The defendants declined to comment, while TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz noted in a statement that “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”

    Fuck you.

    1. You’d think someone who travelled back and forth between Memphis and Chattanooga for 17 years would know about the screening process?

      1. They clearly deserved to get their faces smashed in.

      2. From the story:

        Hannah Cohen, 19, has an impairment from radiation and removal of a brain tumor and is limited in her ability to talk, walk, stand, see and hear, attorneys Kelly Pearson and William Hardwick wrote.

        The girl had part of her brain removed. I think it’s understandable that she might have a tendency to get confused.

        1. I can’t understand why she isn’t already a TSA employee.

          1. YOUR JOKES GO TOO FAR SIR

            1. Because she passes the intelligence test.

          2. She only had part of her brain removed. Waaaaay too intelligent for TSA standards!

      3. You’d think someone who travelled back and forth between Memphis and Chattanooga for 17 years would know about the screening process?

        “They knew last week’s screening process. They failed to comply with this week’s screening process.”

    2. Fuck you.

      It’s “Fuck off, slaver”.

      Get with the program!

      1. I thought Paul was just translating the spokesperson’s statement into lay-speak.

      2. “Fuck off, slaver” is usually said with a woodchipper.

        1. Red or white whine?

    3. If you call ahead they come to the curb and kick the crap out of you there so you needn’t wait in line.

  2. “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.

    IF YOU ARE SURPRISED WHEN WE BEAT YOU AT RANDOM, ITS BECAUSE YOU FAILED TO READ THE “BEAT AT RANDOM” POLICY POSTED THE DAY BEFORE.

    1. What grates the nerves is that it is such a smug non-answer.

      1. It’s positively Obamaesque.

      2. Worthy of a beat-down with a baseball bat wrapped in bacon.

        Because EVERYTHING is better with bacon.

        1. That may make her enjoy it.

  3. They need to ask for an unreasonable sum considerably exceeding $100,000.

    1. My thoughts exactly. They need to demand the agents be driven before them and hear the lamentations of their women.

      1. +1 Conan reference

    2. And it needs to be extracted from the personal bank accounts of all the TSA employees involved or from the TSA pension fund, not from the taxpayer money.

  4. Listen, it’s quite simple. If Hannah Cohen didn’t want to be treated like a thug, she shouldn’t have gotten brain cancer like a thug.

    1. Or shown up in an assault wheelchair.

      1. Why has Congress stalled on common-sense medical device regulation?

        1. The Constitution only covers the types of canes that were available in 1789, not modern high-speed wheelchairs!

        2. Oh, no, they passed that a while ago: part of the ACA, a tax to fund it.

          1. That’s one of the most galling things about the ACA. States used to have sales tax on drugs & medical devices, but abolished it because that’s just cruel.

    2. Bitch had it coming. Should’ve arrested the parents too.

      The important thing is the security agents were all OK.

      1. “Procedures were followed. All officers went home without injury.”

        Mission Accomplished!

  5. Do y’all think we will get the PM links early in light of the holiday weekend?

    1. How can you talk PM links at a time like this?

      1. He is just another selfish libertarian.

        1. I sorry. While you guys are all sending checks to this poor family, I didn’t even have the decency to virtue signal my outrage.

          [Shame bells self.]

          1. Poor family? Heh. I think ((99((((((((((((((they)))))))00)))))))))))0 could buy and sell you.

  6. If she had followed the RULES this would not have happened. She must have terrible parents.

  7. I know that a lot of people are commenting sarcastically in the “she deserved it” vein. But, you know, there’s probably human excrement out there that believes just that.

    A girl who was daef, blind and brain damaged got the living crap beaten out of her for not following orders. And to me, any suggestion that the guards didn’t know what they were doing defies credulity. What kind of sadistic, semi-literate, piece of shit does something like that?

    And for fuck’s sake, how goddamned imbecilic does Sari Koshetz have to be to not know in a situation like that is to shut your mouth, hide your head and hope to your personal God the whole thing blows over?

    1. Empathy is incompatible with authority.

    2. But, you know, there’s probably human excrement out there that believes just that.

      Yes, his name is Kizone Kaprow.

    3. What kind of sadistic, semi-literate, piece of shit does something like that?

      All of them?

      Without semi-literate, sadistic pieces of shit, we’d have anarchy.

    4. I don’t see what literacy has to do with any of this. No reason to drag the semi-literate through the mud on this one.

    5. “I know that a lot of people are commenting sarcastically in the “she deserved it” vein. But, you know, there’s probably human excrement out there that believes just that.”

      Most of them wear smurf blue shirts.

    6. I’m sure there are people who’ll say they believe that, but none who actually do.

    7. I don’t get how no sane agents don’t intervene and stop this crap while it’s happening. How can you someone stand there and watch or participate when they have the power to prevent assaults like this is beyond me.

  8. Government is simply the name we give to the disabled people we assault together.

  9. Instantly comply or die…get assaulted, maimed, kidnapped, permanently disabled….
    Was she added to the No Fly List.

    In a morally brave country those scumbag TSA agents should have been swarmed by the other awaiting passengers yelling, Let’s Roll.

    If she cannot still play a mean pinball then she should get way more than 100k

    1. In a morally brave country, the TSA wouldn’t even exist.

  10. RE: Family Sues TSA for 2015 Assault on Disabled Female Cancer Patient
    Hannah Cohen’s family is seeking damages for medical expenses and emotional pain.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m glad the TSA have enough brave and well-trained personnel to take down a teenage girl, beat her up and put her in jail, especially after she went through cancer treatment in a hospital.
    I’m sure Trump the Grump and Heil Hitllary will provide even more of these government thugs to keep the little people in line when using an airport.
    I feel so much better knowing we all live in a police state.

    1. especially after she went through cancer treatment in a hospital.

      Yeah, that gets ’em mad & dangerous!

      1. She didn’t get to keep her doctor.

  11. I don’t even get a hat tip? Well, fuck you, too, Alex.

    1. I believe I scooped you in the AM Lynx.

  12. Look, if the TSA starts treating people with brain tumors and extensive physical disabilities with compassion, ISIS and every other terrorist organization will start radicalizing every brain damaged, partially deaf and blind person they can. Or they’ll start training their ex-goat-herder super-agents to cleverly emulate such people so as to skate through security and then fly a squadron of commercial jets right up Lady Liberty’s toga. I’ll bet you Murca-hating libertarian nihilists would just love that!

  13. “…while TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz noted in a statement that “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.””

    Yeah, you can learn they’ll throw you on the ground and kick you!

  14. First off, eat shit Sari you cunt.

    Second, that picture says all you need to know about the inhumanity of the TSA. A fucking bloody disgrace every single person involved in the poor treatment of this sick girl.

    I’m flying to the States soon and have to admit I’m worried as I’m traveling with my 11 year-old daughter.

  15. I hear one of the TSA agents was heard saying, “Grab it’s motherfucking leg!”

  16. Fuck these assholes. They should be hanged by the neck until dead.

    1. Too quick, and insufficiently painful.

      The should be placed in the same condition as their victim: Blind, deaf, brain tissue removed (assuming any can be found) then beaten bloody.

    2. Hanging by the neck until dead is too good for them. They should have to watch the people they love (if any can be found) hung by the neck until dead, and then be thrown in a Spacing Guild pain amplifier for the rest of their sorry lives.

      If by some miracle they should ever come to understand the concept of the IVth Amendment, and contritely come before a court seeking mercy, they should be allowed to commit seppuku to atone for their crimes.

  17. Yay for public sector unions

  18. TSA delenda est.

    And here is where I would agree to suspension of the prohibition of bills of attainder. If you work for TSA, you belong in Federal PMITA Prison.

    1. You misunderstand what bill of attainder is. These people have chosen to commit an act. A bill of attainder would punish all people for some characteristic not of their control, ex blond women over 6 feet tall. But these thugs have chosen this profession, therefore it is a simple criminal matter.

  19. TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz noted in a statement that “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”

    The problem with this is, the TSA fails to understand that our Republic is based on a presumption of Liberty. It is NOT the traveller’s problem to sort out the TSA’s limitations.

    The American (“Mercan”) public needs to grow up, realize that life is uncertain, grow a pair, and let their representatives and Senators known that it it well past time to bring an end to security theater. bin Laden is not hiding under every bed or waiting to fly their plane into the Capitol, but his ghost is surely laughing that we are still throwing away our freedom 15 years after 9/11.

  20. This is what the fine people at @AskTSA say:

    “Reports on the unfortunate situation in Memphis are inaccurate. Police responded when the passenger refused screening or to leave.”

    Blaming the passenger yet again.

    1. Is Blogdad Bob still working there?

  21. And if the reports were inaccurate, why were the charges dropped?

    1. Because the reports were inaccurate, duh.

  22. This is beyond infuriating…

  23. If this were my daughter, the only way they would extricate my boot from that government funded thug’s colon, would be with a woodchipper.

    1. more of an excavation than an extrication maybe.

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  27. “while TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz noted in a statement that “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.””

    Hello? TSA? I am travelling with a family member that has a unique medical condition. I’d like to ask about what kind of ass beating we can expect when going through security. Thank you….

  28. My kid = dead agents.

    Fuck these clowns. They need to be beaten like purple-headed stepchildren.

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