Disabled veteran knocks MSNBC crew for blocking handicapped spots at polling site

James Berrie, Facebook

A disabled Air Force veteran this week voiced frustration with an MSNBC news crew for blocking handicapped parking spots outside of a polling site in Houston.

“Went to vote, and found this waiting for us,” James Berrie, who has multiple sclerosis, wrote in a widely shared Facebook post. “The only van accessible spot and they’re filming in it. We asked them to move, pointed out how it was wrong, then went to vote, because it takes time to load up. But came out and still there. Not even packing up, still getting ready for their shot.”

Berrie told a local CBS News affiliate that the MSNBC crew “kept coming back like, ‘we’ll move in two minutes.’ ” 

{mosads}“’We’ll move in like three minutes. We’re going live. We’ve got a shot. We’re going live in like three minutes. We gotta do this,’ and we’re just like, ‘No. You have to move. It’s not right. You know it’s not right,'” Berrie told the outlet. 

“This is suppression,” Berrie added in his Facebook post. “If I couldn’t park I couldn’t vote. Their van had no handicap placards.”

MSNBC reporter Mariana Atencio later apologized on Twitter for the incident.

“We made the wrong call [Tuesday] by using a disabled parking spot for our live shot in TX [Texas],” she wrote. “There’s no excuse. I apologize to the two people who were on their way to vote as it’s one of the most important parts of our democracy; we’d never want to jeopardize anyone’s ability to do so.” 

Former MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren also took to Twitter to slam the network.

“Really ⁦@MSNBC⁩ ? Handicapped spot? Not very nice…in fact, indecent,” the former “For the Record” host wrote to her more than 1.2 million followers. 

Berrie later posted an edit of his Facebook post, encouraging the discussion sparked by his initial post.

“Thank you all for your support. This has gotten bigger than I thought, but that is a good thing. People are talking about this, having the conversation. Please keep going. If you see something, say something,” he wrote.

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