Young Cancer Patient Beat Up By TSA Deserves Justice

Target: Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney

Goal: Hold TSA officers accountable for allegedly tackling confused and ill teenage girl to the ground.

A disabled teenage girl dying from brain cancer was allegedly tackled to the ground by TSA agents after she became confused as to why they wanted to search her. We need to take action in order to ensure anyone responsible for this reprehensible behavior is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Shirley Cohen was traveling home with her mother after just finishing her last treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when a metal detector went off, alerting officials that she may need to be further searched. Upon witnessing Cohen becoming confused and trying flee, her mother apparently tried to explain to TSA agents that Cohen is paralyzed, partially deaf, blind in one eye, and further that her daughter does not always comprehend what is happening around her. Despite her pleas, officials reportedly threw the girl to the ground so hard that her entire face began bleeding profusely. Just as bad, Cohen was apparently thrown in jail for the entire night before charges were dropped.

Demand anyone responsible for this sick behavior be immediately fired and legally held accountable for harming this innocent girl. Airport police are supposed to look out for the safety of others, not abuse their power by bullying the weak.


Dear District Attorney Weirich,

A 19-year-old disabled girl dying of brain cancer was allegedly tackled to the ground by airport police after becoming both afraid and confused as to why TSA agents wanted to search her. Anyone responsible for this sick behavior needs to be held fully accountable in order to prevent such incidents from taking place in the future.

Shirley Cohen had just had her last treatment at St. Jude Research Hospital and was on her way home with her mom to celebrate the occasion. While passing through airport security, the metal detector went off, prompting officials to insist that she needed to be further searched. Confused as to what was taking place, Cohen apparently tried to flee the scene.

Although Cohen’s mom reportedly tried to explain that her daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed and not always aware of what is going on around her, police allegedly threw the girl to the ground so hard that her face began to severely bleed. If that wasn’t bad enough, Cohen was reportedly forced to spend the entire night in jail before charges were dismissed. Because of the incident, Cohen’s mother is suing the Memphis International Airport, the Transportation Administration and the Memphis Airport Police.

I strongly encourage you to demand that these lawsuits be taken seriously and to further suggest that anyone involved with this incident be fired and held legally accountable. Treating disabled and dying citizens in this manner should not be tolerated.


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Photo Credit: Ep Jhu

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  1. unacceptable now.

  2. Barbara Tomlinson says:

    Totally appalling.

  3. Lynn Juozilaitis says:

    Fire them? Everyone who had a hand in this in ANY way should not only be fired but thrown in jail! This was a criminal assault! You POS creeps! Disgusting!

  4. Jacqui Skill says:


  5. Lana Alliano says:

    We need to regulate and put laws in place that people in power need to stop beating and harming the ill, and infirm. Police need medical education regarding illnesses, and others who are evaluating situations needs to be held accountable for assaults. The employees that perpetrated this beating need to be terminated, and charged with assault. When you, or your companion at the time of arrest, put the people in charge on notice that the person that they are dealing with is ill, and continue with an assault……they need to be charged and held accountable. I am just sickened by this event.

  6. Worthless shitheads, must make them feel so tough; they should be in jail.

  7. Eleonora Oldani says:

    Glad that young Hannah doesn’t have a “Middle Eastern” look and/or is a male – she probably would have been shot when she didn’t comply with the requests of the TSA staff and no questions asked!

  8. This sad incident should serve as a wake-up call for authorities that educating staff is imperative. Unfortunately, compassion cannot be taught, one can only hope that respect will fill in the cracks.

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