Lawsuit: Disabled woman injured by security at airport


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that a disabled patient from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was arrested and injured by security workers at Memphis International Airport.

News media outlets report that an alarm went off when 19-year-old Hannah Cohen was going through a security checkpoint on June 30, 2015. The reports say Cohen and her mother were flying home to Chattanooga after Cohen received treatment at the hospital. The lawsuit says Cohen “was unable to cooperate with a search” because a brain tumor removal and radiation treatment had limited her ability to talk, walk, stand, see and hear.

Cohen’s mother, Shirley Cohen, says her daughter was put on the ground and hit her head. Hannah Cohen was arrested but charges were dropped.

The news outlets report that the Memphis airport, airport police, and the Transportation Security Administration declined comment.

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