A blind man flying with his wife from Philadelphia to Belgium (where he works as a translator) was arrested and dragged off the plane when he stood up and demanded to know, after two hours, why they were sitting on the tarmac, with no drinks and no news. The arresting officers didn’t let him grab his cane, but rather accused him of faking blindness, then characterized his problems leaving the plane as “resisting.” He was imprisoned overnight without being told of his charges, read his rights, or given access to counsel — and he injured himself while there because he didn’t have his cane.
Cantisani said he spoke with the captain, who told him the plane was having mechanical problems. He then returned to his seat.Shortly afterward, another passenger made a remark about the crew, prompting three Philadelphia Police officers to escort that man off the plane, Cantisani said.
Then, police tried to remove Cantisani as well, he said…
He said the officers yanked Cantisani from his seat and dragged him off the plane, injuring his hand, which was gripping his seat belt . Then they forced him into a wheelchair.
At one point, an officer held him “by the throat,” he said..
During the struggle with police, Cantisani said, he lost his retractable walking cane, making him unable to navigate.
Officers told him they had done the “blind test” and didn’t believe he was blind, he said.
Vanore said he knew of no “blind test” administered by police.
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