FORT WORTH, TX — A Texas woman says a trip to a restaurant with her disabled son became much harder after a police officer took a handicap parking space, according to a report from WFAA.
Getting around is a daily challenge for the Jordan family. A ride anywhere with their son Wade, who has cerebral palsy, requires patience and time.
“I have a dream one day that he will be able to access everything he wants because it’s a fight,” says his mother, Jennifer.
Three weeks ago, when the Jordans arrived at Applebee’s in Saginaw, they found a Saginaw police officer parked in the handicap spot.
“Not being able to get a parking space where we can get our ramp down on the side and then to have it be a police officer, just, it made me mad,” she said.
They took pictures of the officer’s vehicle, squad car number 37. They also spoke to the officer who was responding to a disturbance call at the restaurant.
“He didn’t look at me. Didn’t say I’m sorry,” Jennifer Jordan recalls.
Jordan posted her frustration on Facebook and shared it with the website 3E Love, an organization committed to changing perceptions of disability. They also sent a letter to the police department, which contacted the family and apologized for the incident. They told the family that the department had let them down.
In an email sent to the family, the chief wrote, “It appears that our officer, in an attempt to efficiently serve one segment of our community, lost sight of the larger picture and failed to protect another.”