Skip to comments.Police Beat, Stun Deaf Man After Confusing Sign Language With Threatening Gestures
Posted on 02/18/2014 5:14:01 PM PST by MeshugeMikey
Jonathan Meister was retrieving some stuff he was storing at an ex-roommates home when he looked up to find several members of the Hawthorne Police Department approaching. The South Bay man claims officers didnt give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him and using a stun gun to shock him into submission. The problem began when police reportedly misunderstood Meisters attempts to speak in sign language as threatening gestures.
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my son has had similar problems but not quite a severe as this
the first thing that came to mind when I first read the headline was the alleged sign language interterptor at the mandela funeral...
Deaf-Americans should understand that their use of signs can be interpreted as gang gestures, especially by those who have swore to protect and serve us.
Since that's their only way of speaking, what do you recommend they do instead of using sign language?
The guy at Mandela’s funeral pretty much admitted he was a 21st century schizoid man.
The problem is there are an increasingly number of “d” average high school bullies filling the police ranks.
Then again those sworn to protect us could actually protect us!
“Since that’s their only way of speaking, what do you recommend they do instead of using sign language?”
Tell me this - when you are cornered by the police, despite your ability to make sounds, do you keep your mouth shut or keep yapping?
Well, at least the brave young police officers made it home safely.
Every article about idiot police beating, hurting, assaulting, tazing, shooting people have this little tidbit lets you know they are in the wrong...
Another ‘big dick’ cop showing how tough he is. -Cuz’ everybody knows how dangerous a deaf man is. That’s why they had to smack him in the head and taze him
They are even worse that the LAPD that controlled the speakeasys during prohibition.
“To Protect (themselves before all others) and Serve (themselves before all others).”
Since there were no dogs to shoot somebody had to pay.
Wulfie will be so sad that he missed this...
Is that the excuse they have for shooting dogs?
Interesting order of events.
Before -all- of the cop haters show up... There’s a reasonable point to be made here. The deaf have a unique problem when it comes to dealing with police AND the police have a unique problem when it come to dealing with deaf people.
There ought to be a way for both parties to more quickly recognize and respond clearly to the situation. Cops need to be more aware of deafness and deaf people need a clear signal they can give to prevent misunderstanding. I don’t know what such a signal might be but it seems like there ought to be something that could be devised and promulgated through the deaf and police communities to make such interactions more predictable.
I think police these days must recruit the mentally deficient then feed them steroids.
Hey, the cops got to go home safe that night, that’s the important thing.....