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A Blind Man Who Was Forced Out of a North Carolina Mall Files a Lawsuit

Police officers violated civil rights law when they forced a blind man and his service dog to leave a mall and threatened to arrest him for trespassing if he didn’t, according to a lawsuit filed by a North Carolina advocacy group.

“Civil rights are severely weakened when police departments treat blind shoppers as trespassers based on a store’s discriminatory desire to have them removed for using a guide dog,” said Chris Hodgson, an attorney for Disability Rights North Carolina and lead attorney on the case, in a statement. “When this happens, shoppers are doubly discriminated against, first, by the stores, and then, by the police departments that fail to respect and uphold rights we guarantee to our blind citizenry.”

A spokesperson for the police department declined comment Thursday afternoon, adding that the city would issue a statement.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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