The Americans With Disabilities Act has helped people with disabilities gain much more independence, but some people choose to ignore their rights. One man has been arrest for assault after harming a man in a wheelchair in California over a simple question.
The man was born with a rare disease called syringomyelia, which is when a cavity grows inside the spinal cord and causes paralysis. The man can only move his arms and head.
He saw an SUV parked illegally in a handicapped spot. After wheeling himself out, he went to talk to the woman in the vehicle asking them not to park there again. Then he went inside a Target to make a return.
The woman’s boyfriend confronted him at the counter, demanding an apology for ‘scaring’ his girlfriend. The handicapped man asked if he could finish his return, but the man grabbed his wheelchair, pushed him through the store, then dumped him onto the ground. The incident broke the 52-year-old disabled man’s wrist.
Security footage caught the incident and store workers were able to give police enough information to arrest the man for felony assault and attempted kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. But the injured man has had his life shattered.
He needs his arm strength to stay independent and now he can’t use one arm, forcing him to depend on a nurse to survive. He cannot get out of his wheelchair on his own, nor can he shop for himself. He has also lost the ability to play guitar.