VIDEO: Airport security shows altercation between St. Jude cancer patient and TSA agent
Hannah was headed home to Chattanooga after treatment at St. Jude Children's Hospital, when her sequin top set off an alarm in the airport security line.
We're getting a look at security video showing a confrontation between security personnel and a St. Jude patient at the Memphis International Airport.
The patient and her family filed a federal lawsuit against TSA Agents and airport police, saying the girl, who suffers from a brain tumor, was wrongly arrested after being assaulted. But the newly released video shows the girl throwing punches before officers pushed her to the ground.
The video shows the moments leading up to a scuffle involving Hannah Cohen and her mother Shirley.
The two were headed home to Chattanooga after treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital when her sequin top set off an alarm.
“They disregarded what I was telling them and they called for backup,” said Shirley in a previous interview with Channel 3.
When Channel 3 spoke with Shirley Cohen last month she told us she tried to explain to agents her daughter was disabled from a brain tumor that left her partially blind, deaf, and easily confused.
Shirley detailed the moment officers slammed her daughter to the floor, which the video shows followed the girl's several attempts to punch an officer.
“Blood coming down her face, there was blood in her hair,” she recalled.
Hannah was treated at a nearby hospital for her head injury, charged with disorderly conduct and assault, and taken to jail.
The charges against her were later dropped.
The Cohen family has filed a lawsuit against the airport and TSA, saying the incident caused permanent damage.
“If they would do something like that to someone who is disabled, what would they do to an elderly person who doesn't understand, who is confused?” questioned Shirley Cohen. “There needs to be some way of dealing with someone who is disabled.
The Cohens have filed a lawsuit naming the Memphis International Airport, airport police, and the TSA for $100,000.
Channel 3 reached out to the Cohens through their attorneys about the video and have not yet heard back.