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



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: