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Federal suit claims Seattle puts those with disabilities at risk with ‘crappy curbs’

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SEATTLE -- A federal lawsuit claims that the city of Seattle is putting people with disabilities in danger with "crappy curbs."

The group Rooted in Rights put out a video, saying it's time to curb a big problem for those with disabilities who try to get around the city.

"Here in Seattle, we took our cameras out and found not all sidewalks are safe for people to use," the video says. "Really? Ugh.  If you have a crappy curb in your neighborhood, post a video or photo using the hashtag, crappy curb."

The organization Disability Rights Washington provided photos showing some ofthe 270-plus curbs that they say are putting the disabled in danger.

The video says the Americans with Disabilities Act requires cities and towns to install and repair curb cuts, and that Seattle has had 25 years to make sure sidewalks are safe and accessible for all.

"We're not asking the city to fix all of the thousands of violations today or even this week, all we're asking for is that they come up with a plan," said Emily Cooper, of Disability Rights Washington.

Mayor Ed Murray defended the city. "In 2015 alone, we are scheduled to install over 1,300 curb ramps -- more than the 1,200 that San Francisco is expected to install."

City Attorney Pete Holmes said Seattle "takes its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act very seriously. We're confident our record will prove persuasive."

During the video, there's a call to action. If public pressure doesn't work, the three plaintiffs and others hope their lawsuit will.