Closed Captioning

A federal court in Massachusetts certified, for settlement purposes, a class of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who claim that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology violated their rights because there was not closed captioning, or there was unintelligible captioning, of videos and audio tracks made publicly available by the university.

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Towing in Chicago

A elderly, disabled resident of Chicago has plausibly claimed the city has an unconstitutional policy of towing allegedly abandoned vehicles before providing any notice by mail, a federal court in Illinois ruled. The city left a sticker on the woman’s van warning her to move it within a week. It was moved within that time frame but the city’s towing vendor still towed and impounded it. Before she could retrieve it, the city sold the van to the towing vendor, who sold it to a salvage yard where it was stripped and crushed. 

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Police Shooting

A police sergeant who shot a disabled 20-year-old man twice is entitled to qualified immunity on claims for damages, a federal court in Texas ruled. The man, who has the mental capacity of a 10 to 12-year-old child, was carrying a pellet gun he used to protect himself from stray dogs and was shot when he attempted to comply with police commands by throwing the gun towards them.

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Color Blindness

A campus safety officer may pursue his disability discrimination claims against Pennsylvania State University relating to the revocation of his conditional employment after a physical exam determined that he was mildly color blind, a federal court in Pennsylvania ruled. There is no law requiring campus police officers to have normal color perception.

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