People with disabilities face discrimination despite great advances over the past three decades. In this story involving a woman with Erb’s Palsy, we have an especially egregious case. The woman has filed a civil suit against the LAPD after she was beaten by police for trying to enter a home she owned, then charged for resisting arrest despite an inability to move her arm to be cuffed. Eurweb.com reports.
According to her lawyer, the woman’s legs were hobbled during the incident and that his client endured the worst beating of a female by police he has seen in practice. The officers did admit to striking the woman twice in the face, but audio evidence also revealed that she was kicked several time.
Witnesses to the incident said the police were there to investigate a stabbing incident, but decided that the plaintiff’s boyfriend was a suspect and tried to steal his bike. The officers also refused to talk with a person that the plaintiff said lived in the house and was the real suspect.
The officers initially had everyone on the grass. A tenant with cancer who urinated on themselves was denied re-entry, but they went in on their own accord and weren’t stopped. The plaintiff took that as a sign that she could go inside. That’s when police attacked her and claimed she was resisting arrest. Later the charges were dropped to delaying an investigation, but her lawyer argues that charge can be applied to just about anything.
The audio recording clearly shows that witnesses told the officers she had a disability. We hope that the plaintiff receives a large settlement for this egregious case.