Cops Caught Calling Woman With Down Syndrome A 'Half-Person'

An audio recording captured a pair of Toronto officers mocking 29-year-old Francie Munoz, who has Down syndrome, during a traffic stop last year.

Two Toronto police officers have been accused of mocking a woman with Down syndrome, calling her “disfigured” and a “half-person.”

According to Raw Story, Francie Munoz, 29, has issued a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for being mistreated during a traffic stop last year.

The two accused officers have been identified as Police Const. Sasa Sljivo and Const. Matthew Saris. They were ousted by an audio recording in which they could be heard laughing about Munoz's appearance and asserting she could only be considered “half” of a person.

Munoz’s family has asked the officers to publicly apologize to her, yet they’ve refused. They reportedly only offered her a written apology in which they downplayed their cruelty as a “lapse in judgment.”

The family also attended a disciplinary hearing during which the officers avoided making eye contact with Munoz.

“At no point did the officers greet or look at the applicant, let alone make any effort to say words of apology or regret,” the newly-filed complaint states. “Being ignored by the officers when they had the opportunity to say or do something deepened the applicant’s feeling of injury.”

Ironically, they had no issue with making the cruel and thoughtless remarks about Munoz out loud, but yet they can't seem to apologize with the same vigor. 

Raw Story notes that the pair of officers is scheduled for another disciplinary hearing this month; perhaps then they will give Munoz the public and verbal apology she deserves. 

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