A disabled woman is suing a Vancouver Police officer and the city for $25,000 after she was pushed to the ground by an on-duty officer.

Scott Bernstein, a lawyer representing Sandy Davidsen, said his client is seeking compensation for injury and humiliation, as well as punitive damages.

“This was really high-handed and very inconsiderate behaviour on the part of the police,”
Bernstein said, adding he has filed a civil suit and a human-rights complaint.

“This really affected (Davidsen) emotionally (and) has made her afraid of the police.

Davidsen, who has cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, was walking along a Downtown Eastside street when Const. Taylor Robinson shoved her to the ground this past summer.

The incident was caught on video.

Const. Robinson apologized, but Davidsen called it “half-hearted.”

Vancouver Const. Lindsey Houghton said he can’t comment on the case now that it’s before the courts.