This Over-Zealous Cop Issued a Ticket to a Wheelchaired Man for “Not Having Proof” of Disability

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San Diego, Calif. – In a telling display of law enforcement’s lack of common sense, Joey Canales, 31, had his transit pass seized by a transit cop prior to boarding the trolley.




The cop’s reason for seizing Canales’ transit pass was that the man, who’s been disabled since he was born, did not have written proof that he was truly disabled.

Apparently, the fact that Canales was in a wheelchair was not convincing enough.

A stunned Canales recorded the encounter as the officer confiscated his bus pass and proceeded to write him a citation. Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project

He can be heard on video incredulously saying,

“It’s his job to confiscate my card because I don’t have sufficient proof I’m disabled. Obviously I am. I’ve been disabled since I was three days old.”


What is most disheartening is that Canales uses the transit system to get to work and without his pass will be left with no mean of getting to work.

Also, during this ridiculous display, the officer wrongly tells Canales that he cannot film him. However, Canales remains diligent in asserting his first amendment right.

Does it really make sense to put this man’s ability to earn a living in jeopardy for not having documentation of a disability as he sits in a wheelchair?

“I have an obvious disability. I’m not trying to scam you. My disability is not hidden,” Canales can be heard saying on the recording.

Watch the video below:




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  • Nana Chel

    any sort of IQ must disqualify these people from other jobs so all that is left is cop ???

  • FlashF

    The Bill of Rights have never gotten through a cop’s head. The only thing that gets through a cop’s head is a bullet.

  • Judi Lewis

    Don’t cops have more important things to take care of, instead of harrassing disabled people ?!! Over bullshit.

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  • Thomas Kane

    Their job IS to protect and serve…Even if the gotta kill you to do it!

  • Laura Carr

    This is an incredibly biased piece of writing. Did you actually listen to the audio? You’re placing the blame on the cop when Mr. Canales clearly states the officer is being extremely polite and professional and had been ordered by the transit supervisor to confiscate the pass. The same supervisor that he then states will not come out to speak to him. There’s plenty wrong here and it’s solely with the transit authority. For you to shift the blame in this case to the police is not only morally wrong but potentially damaging to any efforts Mr. Canales might make in trying to get the transit policy changed. Direct your outrage and efforts to the right place and contact the transit authority to voice your displeasure in their faulty policy.

    • Kevin Craig

      The cop is the one who did it. He didn’t have to. Even if he works for the transit authority, that manager hiding inside isn’t his boss.

  • Annette Williams

    The disability pass is only issued when have proved to the issuer you are disabled..so simple..the transit authority could have verified this.

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  • Mike

    Hopefully someone shoots this uncaring POS cop and leaves him paralyzed for life, now that would be Karma, and justice!!!

  • Western Front

    It goes directly against the Americans with Disabilities Act

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