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Florida police arrest legally blind man whose cane they mistook for a gun

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Florida police arrest man with cane

Two Florida deputies faced suspension without pay after arresting a 61-year-old legally blind man who was carrying a cane they mistook for a gun.

Jayme Gohde and her supervisor, Randy Harrison, were also reprimanded. Harrison will be denied raises or promotions for two years and both will be required to take remedial training about civil rights.

According to an arrest report, Gohde stopped James Hodges, of Lake City, a town west of Jacksonville, in the early morning of 31 October, after she saw him enter a crosswalk as a traffic-control device indicated not to do so.

The morning was foggy and overcast and drivers were using headlights, the report said. The report also said Hodges appeared to be carrying a “silver (chrome) pistol with a white grip in his back right pocket”.


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