Police Beat & Stun Innocent Deaf Man, Claim Sign Language Is “Threatening”Submitted by McWilly on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 14:41
The police of California’s South Bay, who are so beloved that they were found not guilty of blatantly murdering Kelly Thomas, are at it again!
The injustice of the day centers around the Hawthorne police responding to a report of “suspicious activity”…namely someone loading items into his car, that he owned, from an ex-roommate’s apartment. However, their investigation of this incident took a turn for the worse when the mover of said items – one Jonathan Meister, who is deaf – noticed the arrival of the police. From CBS LA:
The problem began when police reportedly misunderstood Meister’s attempts to speak in sign language as threatening gestures.
Moreover, officers didn’t realize that when they handcuffed Meister, who is “profoundly deaf” and non-verbal, they took away his ability to communicate.
Officers met Meister on the sidewalk, where he “tried to tell them that he was deaf, using gestures to explain that he was there to pick up his stuff, but it didn’t seem like they understood,” Meister’s attorney Anna Rivera said.
Police put Meister in handcuffs and officers say he began struggling.
“If the primary way you communicate is to use your hands, and you’re looking at somebody when you speak, when you go to grab somebody without explaining what’s happening and take that method of communication away from them, Mr. Meister became afraid,” Rivera said.
The suit claims the officers’ response was excessive. The suit alleges police used a stun gun to bring him to the ground and beat him.