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gilly
13-05-2009, 09:55 AM
http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-4203-0-8-8--.html

Posted on Tue, May. 12, 2009

Blind interpreter detained at Philly airport says he has nightmares from arrest

By JESSICA BAUTISTA & KITTY CAPARELLA

Philadelphia Daily News

caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880

A BLIND INTERNATIONAL interpreter who says he was dragged off a Belgium-bound flight, arrested and held in custody in Philadelphia for hours without food or water faces an arraignment Thursday.

His crime: He questioned why his U.S. Airways flight was delayed nearly two hours.

Nicola Cantisani, 61, of Brussels, Belgium, a professional translator who has been blind since birth, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

"This is taking airplane security to a new and ridiculous level," said his attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr. "It's pretty crazy."

Cantisani and his wife, Paola, were returning to Brussels April 4 after visiting family in New York. The couple changed planes at Philadelphia International Airport and boarded the 8:32 p.m. flight.

After the plane sat on the tarmac for some time, passengers were told that the flight would be delayed - without explanation, according to Cantisani. They were unable to use phones, receive attendant service or move from their seats.

"That was the straw that unfortunately broke the camel's back," Cantisani said. "It just got to me: They board you and just taxi you around."

Cantisani said he stood up to request a glass of water and to speak with the crew or captain about the delay, but was told to sit down.

In interviews in Philadelphia and later by phone from Brussels, Cantisani described what he called an "indescribable" chain of events that has given him nightmares.

"I felt I was being kidnapped - like I was a hostage," Cantisani said of the wait.

Cantisani said he spoke with the captain, who told him the plane was having mechanical problems. He then returned to his seat.

Shortly afterward, another passenger made a remark about the crew, prompting three Philadelphia Police officers to escort that man off the plane, Cantisani said.

Then, police tried to remove Cantisani as well, he said.

Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman, said the police were called to Gate A-19 because of a disorderly passenger.

"A passenger had become irate over the delay," Vanore said.

Cantisani, unaware of why he was being removed, refused to leave.

He said the officers yanked Cantisani from his seat and dragged him off the plane, injuring his hand, which was gripping his seat belt . Then they forced him into a wheelchair.

At one point, an officer held him "by the throat," he said.

Vanore said that Cantisani had been asked several times to leave the plane but continually refused.

A U.S. Airways representative said Cantisani was an unruly passenger who had refused to exit the plane.

During the struggle with police, Cantisani said, he lost his retractable walking cane, making him unable to navigate.

Officers told him they had done the "blind test" and didn't believe he was blind, he said.

Vanore said he knew of no "blind test" administered by police.

Cantisani claimed he was held in police custody at the airport from about 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. without food, water or access to his phone or outside communication.

His wife, who had followed him off the plane, said she "was asking a lot of questions" but got no explanation.

After speaking with the officers, Cantisani - who translates several languages for international conferences - said he was asked how much English he spoke and was questioned by a psychiatrist.

About 3 a.m., he was taken to the 18th Police District, where he was detained until late the next evening, he said.

"I was never read my rights. I was put against the wall, told to put [my] hands on the wall, empty [my] pockets and undo my shoelaces," Cantisani said. "Then, I was shoved into a 6-by-7-foot cell and that was it."

Cantisani said that without his cane to help him navigate, he bumped his head, causing it to bleed.

Cantisani said no one believed he was blind until the end of his stay.

"Imagine yourself blindfolded and being knocked around, and I had no idea how long that was going to last," Cantisani said.

After Cantisani appeared before a bail commissioner, he was released sometime after 7:35 p.m. April 5 and driven to the Penn View Hotel in Old City, where he was reunited with his wife.

Cantisani said he remains "beside himself" about the flight procedures, the crew and the officers who handled him.

"It's indescribable . . . I still have nightmares," Cantisani said. "I wake up in the middle of the night thinking I'm in a prison cell."

Cantisani said he does not plan to return to Philadelphia. Peruto said he would represent Cantisani in court Thursday.

What a set of irrational, maniacal control freaks. I hope they get hammered in court! :mad:

markomac
13-05-2009, 09:57 AM
http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-4203-0-8-8--.html

Posted on Tue, May. 12, 2009

Blind interpreter detained at Philly airport says he has nightmares from arrest

By JESSICA BAUTISTA & KITTY CAPARELLA

Philadelphia Daily News

caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880

A BLIND INTERNATIONAL interpreter who says he was dragged off a Belgium-bound flight, arrested and held in custody in Philadelphia for hours without food or water faces an arraignment Thursday.

His crime: He questioned why his U.S. Airways flight was delayed nearly two hours.

Nicola Cantisani, 61, of Brussels, Belgium, a professional translator who has been blind since birth, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

"This is taking airplane security to a new and ridiculous level," said his attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr. "It's pretty crazy."

Cantisani and his wife, Paola, were returning to Brussels April 4 after visiting family in New York. The couple changed planes at Philadelphia International Airport and boarded the 8:32 p.m. flight.

After the plane sat on the tarmac for some time, passengers were told that the flight would be delayed - without explanation, according to Cantisani. They were unable to use phones, receive attendant service or move from their seats.

"That was the straw that unfortunately broke the camel's back," Cantisani said. "It just got to me: They board you and just taxi you around."

Cantisani said he stood up to request a glass of water and to speak with the crew or captain about the delay, but was told to sit down.

In interviews in Philadelphia and later by phone from Brussels, Cantisani described what he called an "indescribable" chain of events that has given him nightmares.

"I felt I was being kidnapped - like I was a hostage," Cantisani said of the wait.

Cantisani said he spoke with the captain, who told him the plane was having mechanical problems. He then returned to his seat.

Shortly afterward, another passenger made a remark about the crew, prompting three Philadelphia Police officers to escort that man off the plane, Cantisani said.

Then, police tried to remove Cantisani as well, he said.

Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman, said the police were called to Gate A-19 because of a disorderly passenger.

"A passenger had become irate over the delay," Vanore said.

Cantisani, unaware of why he was being removed, refused to leave.

He said the officers yanked Cantisani from his seat and dragged him off the plane, injuring his hand, which was gripping his seat belt . Then they forced him into a wheelchair.

At one point, an officer held him "by the throat," he said.

Vanore said that Cantisani had been asked several times to leave the plane but continually refused.

A U.S. Airways representative said Cantisani was an unruly passenger who had refused to exit the plane.

During the struggle with police, Cantisani said, he lost his retractable walking cane, making him unable to navigate.

Officers told him they had done the "blind test" and didn't believe he was blind, he said.

Vanore said he knew of no "blind test" administered by police.

Cantisani claimed he was held in police custody at the airport from about 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. without food, water or access to his phone or outside communication.

His wife, who had followed him off the plane, said she "was asking a lot of questions" but got no explanation.

After speaking with the officers, Cantisani - who translates several languages for international conferences - said he was asked how much English he spoke and was questioned by a psychiatrist.

About 3 a.m., he was taken to the 18th Police District, where he was detained until late the next evening, he said.

"I was never read my rights. I was put against the wall, told to put [my] hands on the wall, empty [my] pockets and undo my shoelaces," Cantisani said. "Then, I was shoved into a 6-by-7-foot cell and that was it."

Cantisani said that without his cane to help him navigate, he bumped his head, causing it to bleed.

Cantisani said no one believed he was blind until the end of his stay.

"Imagine yourself blindfolded and being knocked around, and I had no idea how long that was going to last," Cantisani said.

After Cantisani appeared before a bail commissioner, he was released sometime after 7:35 p.m. April 5 and driven to the Penn View Hotel in Old City, where he was reunited with his wife.

Cantisani said he remains "beside himself" about the flight procedures, the crew and the officers who handled him.

"It's indescribable . . . I still have nightmares," Cantisani said. "I wake up in the middle of the night thinking I'm in a prison cell."

Cantisani said he does not plan to return to Philadelphia. Peruto said he would represent Cantisani in court Thursday.

What a set of irrational, maniacal control freaks. I hope they get hammered in court! :mad:


fucking wankers.

Thats all I can say.

hey_jude
13-05-2009, 10:32 AM
where have all the sane people gone :eek:

Ian2day
13-05-2009, 11:27 AM
He's not blind, he made it up, he's pretending, he has shifty eyes, he's a terrorist!!! Quick quick call homeland security and don't forget to detain that dog and confiscate that white stick as it is most probably an ied:D

lottie
13-05-2009, 11:39 AM
what a bunch of overzealous wankers is all i can say!! Jobsworths... mindcontrolled robots with no common sense or sense of decency!! Terrorist or no terrorist - no-one needs to be handled in that manner- you can still remove someone without dragging them by the throat or pushing them about!!
I hope each individual responsible for this persecution gets repremanded! :mad:

oneup
13-05-2009, 11:42 AM
I think these things are happening all the time, the police is getting more and more violent by the day and they keep getting more privileges.
It reminds me of something similar (although luckily far not as serious) I experienced a few months ago. (btw it was on friday the 13th :D)
I was on the bus from my hometown to the city apeldoorn to go to a party.
On the bus there where some people drinking alcohol, when the driver noticed he put stopped in the middle of the road, creating a traffic jam.
He approached the guy who was drinking, and told him to throw away the drink. He got up and walked to the bin, while trying to get his drink down as fast as possible. Apparently the driver wasn't too happy about this, he told him to leave the bus which he refused. the two then started a fight, both kicking each other and spitting in the face.
When the police came, the guy who started this already ran.
The group where he was with was arrested, and simply because I was sitting next to them (remember I don't know them) they ordered me to come with them as well.
I asked them why and told them I didn't do anything, but before I knew I was dragged out of my seat by my hair, cuffed, and escorted to a police vehicle. on the way to the car the officer twisted my hands against the cuffs, without any reason, I was not resisting at all. however they kept on screaming 'stop resisting'. ridiculous. the brooses lasted a few weeks.
I was detained and interrogated for 6 hours, only because I was 'resisting arrest' (asking questions is apparently resisting).
I called a lawyer later and asked him if I could sue them but he said this was not possible because the police didn't violate any rule. I was shocked to hear that, the police is apparently allowed to arrest anyone for no real reason, and if you ask questions you are 'resisting arrest' and you can be forcefully arrested.

beldazar
13-05-2009, 11:48 AM
Wow oneup, thats pretty shocking stuff! :mad:

oneup
13-05-2009, 12:35 PM
I believe these things are happening all the time and becoming more frequent.
Video uploading sites are full of clips that show police abuse.
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=64962
That's just one example.

gilly
13-05-2009, 12:42 PM
I think these things are happening all the time, the police is getting more and more violent by the day and they keep getting more privileges.
It reminds me of something similar (although luckily far not as serious) I experienced a few months ago. (btw it was on friday the 13th :D)
I was on the bus from my hometown to the city apeldoorn to go to a party.
On the bus there where some people drinking alcohol, when the driver noticed he put stopped in the middle of the road, creating a traffic jam.
He approached the guy who was drinking, and told him to throw away the drink. He got up and walked to the bin, while trying to get his drink down as fast as possible. Apparently the driver wasn't too happy about this, he told him to leave the bus which he refused. the two then started a fight, both kicking each other and spitting in the face.
When the police came, the guy who started this already ran.
The group where he was with was arrested, and simply because I was sitting next to them (remember I don't know them) they ordered me to come with them as well.
I asked them why and told them I didn't do anything, but before I knew I was dragged out of my seat by my hair, cuffed, and escorted to a police vehicle. on the way to the car the officer twisted my hands against the cuffs, without any reason, I was not resisting at all. however they kept on screaming 'stop resisting'. ridiculous. the brooses lasted a few weeks.
I was detained and interrogated for 6 hours, only because I was 'resisting arrest' (asking questions is apparently resisting).
I called a lawyer later and asked him if I could sue them but he said this was not possible because the police didn't violate any rule. I was shocked to hear that, the police is apparently allowed to arrest anyone for no real reason, and if you ask questions you are 'resisting arrest' and you can be forcefully arrested.

I'm sorry to hear of your experience, Oneup.

If the police are allowed to arrest anyone for no reason, I wonder why they are sometimes prosecuted for "false arrest". I'll try to do some research on that, because it's puzzling.

The advice posted on this forum previously, was for us to get to know our rights. Ask if you're under arrest, it stated - if not, ask if you are free to go -ask if you're being charged, & if so, with what offence - refuse to answer any questions at all without a solicitor present.

oneup
13-05-2009, 12:55 PM
Yes I was under arrest and the offense was 'resisting arrest'
I asked them these questions but they avoided the issue.
I did talk to them and told them what happened if I didn't they would have kept me there even longer. Of course you have the right to remain silent and they told me that, but it's pretty difficult if you know they will keep you longer if you use that right and they know that and abuse it.
The netherlands has turned into a police state, and I'm quite sure it's no better in the UK or anywhere else.
In fact I think it's even worse in the UK. When I first visited londen I felt quite uncomfortable, you literally can't look anywhere without seeing a heavily-armed officer somewhere.

gripit
13-05-2009, 01:15 PM
Wow :mad:

I used to work in Philly, had to fly home every Friday afternoon. Almost every flight was delayed...by hours! Often, they put you on the plane and make you sit there without any service, A/C or explanation. It drove me bonkers! Shittiest airport ever.

drhemp
13-05-2009, 01:31 PM
Further proof the USA is indeed a fascist country (as if we needed anymore?)

rhydra
13-05-2009, 03:10 PM
It says that the fella was a translator, maybe it was something to do with his work than anything, maybe he knew too much and they gave him something during the "arrest" which could only be described by the article as a state kidnapping.

oneup
13-05-2009, 03:14 PM
Yes interesting.
why did they mention his job in the article?
this is not relevant imo:confused:

ronisron
13-05-2009, 03:39 PM
At least he wasn't tasered.... Small consolation. It seems they really hire those gung ho, bully types for security at train stations, airports, bus terminals or at large public events. They also give them the right to use excessive force.....combined with no chance of any recrimination for their behavior.

They're trying to make us all as potential suspects, for just about anything. Wonderful. I'd really like to know why there is such a rush, an almost panic by the PTB to throw so much at us in a short period of time. They're tripping over themselves to do this.

mrindigo
13-05-2009, 04:51 PM
where have all the sane people gone :eek:

They post here. :D

simplify
13-05-2009, 05:11 PM
THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR BY THE POLICE IS HAPPENING MORE AND MORE. MY THEORY IS THAT THEY ARE SENDING US ALL A MESSAGE, THAT IF WE QUESTION THEIR AUTHORITY THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. STEP OUT OF LINE IN ANY PERCEIVED WAY, AND WE ARE ROUNDED UP LIKE CRIMINALS. THE ORWELLIAN STATE IS WELL ON ITS WAY. THIS IS THE NEW WORLD NOW.:eek:

rhydra
13-05-2009, 05:44 PM
THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR BY THE POLICE IS HAPPENING MORE AND MORE. MY THEORY IS THAT THEY ARE SENDING US ALL A MESSAGE, THAT IF WE QUESTION THEIR AUTHORITY THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN. STEP OUT OF LINE IN ANY PERCEIVED WAY, AND WE ARE ROUNDED UP LIKE CRIMINALS. THE ORWELLIAN STATE IS WELL ON ITS WAY. THIS IS THE NEW WORLD NOW.:eek:

They had better remain vigilant then as the general rule is those who reign with an iron fist had better not turn their back on their own people, especially their own people.

decim
13-05-2009, 05:51 PM
cops get their kicks on route 66