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WATCH: Disabled vet rips cop who told him he couldn’t park in handicap spot because ‘you can walk’
A Florida police officer received an earful from a disabled veteran after harassing him for parking in a handicap spot in front of a Walgreen’s store, despite the fact that the veteran had a handicap sticker in his window.
UPDATE: Florida cop placed on administrative leave for berating disabled veteran over handicapped parking
In the video — uploaded to Facebook — the veteran identifies himself as Isiah James and goes off on an expletive-filled tirade against the officer. He explains that he received multiple wounds after serving three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and being blown up eight times by “motherf*cking IEDs.”
Things turn even more contentious after the officer, identified as G. Wilson, smacks the camera out of the veteran’s hand — cracking the screen — and causing James to call for another officer saying Wilson is “out of control.”
“Officer, I’m a damned disabled veteran,” James explains to the Riviera Beach officer.
“Does that make you any better than a citizen or an old lady in a wheelchair that really needs that place? I’m just saying, you’re walking. You’re walking,” Officer Wilson said. “A U.S. citizen is a U.S. citizen. So what makes you any better than an old lady that can’t walk?”
Another officer appears on the scene as James, once again, explains that he has screws and pins in his leg and that he had to go through the Veteran Affairs office and the Department of Motor Vehicles to get his handicap sticker because he has a legitimate disability.
A trapped Wilson continues to insist that the disabled veteran is still in the wrong while denying he broke his phone when he smacked it out of his hand.
“Share this video. When people say being black doesn’t effect how you’re treated in this country? Guess again. It just happened to me. Now, what if I didn’t turn on my camera? Would anybody believe my story?” James wrote on his Facebook page.