[Nfbc-info] Blind Woman with Dog & Police

Rob Kaiser rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jun 25 21:17:37 UTC 2015

I hope thaqt officer was fired from his job.

Rob Kaiser
rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
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I got this from another list.
Off-duty cop dragged blind woman and dog out of bar, suit says. By Robert 
Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ST. LOUIS A federal civil rights lawsuit 
filed Tuesday claims that an off-duty police officer handcuffed a blind 
woman without cause and dragged her and her dog out of a St. Louis bar. The 
suit says that Marvelena Quesada had left Caleco's Bar & Grill , 1010 North 
Broadway, on Oct. 28, 2013 as the bar was closing, but returned to help her 
friend settle her bill. As she was paying the bill at the bar, an off-duty 
officer, William Clinton, "told her to 'get out and get out now,'" the suit 
says, and refused to wait while she stowed her debit card and wallet in her 
purse. Quesada heard the jangling of handcuffs, and Clinton saying, "I said 
now, bitch!


going to jail," the suit claims. Clinton handcuffed her and pulled her and 
pulled her off her chair, causing her to hit her head on the floor, the suit 
says. He then dragged her out of bar and down the sidewalk on her back, the 
suit says. The leash for Quesada's guide dog was on her arm, the suit says, 
and the dog was dragged into chairs and tables. Outside Caleco's, as Quesada 
screamed for help, her friend and other patrons successfully urged Clinton 
to release her, the suit says. Quesada suffered cuts and bruises, a back 
injury, depression and loss of sleep due to nightmares. She was confined to 
her bed for weeks afterward, the suit says. The two-count lawsuit seeks 
unspecified compensation for unreasonable seizure and assault and battery.


could not be immediately reached for comment. Quesada, 40, is the 
vice-president of the Braille Revival League of Missouri, which advocates 
for the "use, production, and instruction of braille. She was also one of 
the plaintiffs involved in a successful federal suit against the Social 
Security Administration that said that the agency refused to correspond with 
the blind in any way other than printed letters and other notices that they 
couldn't read. In 2009, a judge ordered the administration to correspond in 
a format that is accessible to them, including at least Braille and the use 
of CDs. Robert Patrick

314-621-5154 @rxpatrick on Twitter RPatrick at post-dispatch.com
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