Lawsuit: Blind man, guide dog forced from North Carolina mall

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Hanes Mall (Photo: WFMY)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An advocacy group for disabled people has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina police department saying a blind man and his guide dog were ordered by police to leave a store at a local mall.

Disability Rights North Carolina filed the lawsuit on behalf of Wilmer Oliva in connection with an incident at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem in November 2020.

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According to the lawsuit, a store manager wanted Oliva removed because he had the dog with him. Winston-Salem police officers told Oliva to leave the store or face a trespassing charge.

A police spokesperson didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on Thursday.