Man charged for promoting disabled comedian

Jun 19, 2012

A man claims Cincinnati Police violated his free speech rights when he was charged with disorderly conduct in May after using the word "crippled" to promote a disabled comedian with muscular dystrophy. Forest Thomer and comedian Ally Bruener say he asked people at a public park if they wanted to "laugh at the crippled girl."  Bruener says she would tell a joke after Thomer asked the question. Both say it was intended not to demean Bruener but to promote her next comedy performance and her website. Bruener says she uses humor to try to remove any stigma from the word "crippled." A Cincinnati police spokesperson declined comment.