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Coops Interpreted Sign Language as Threat, Handcuffed, Used Stun
Gun, and Beat Deaf Man, Lawsuit Alleges
Ed Krasinski Fee. 18, 2014 2: 33 pm
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A lawsuit filed in California against the city
Hawthorne and its police department alleges that
last February local cops confronting a deaf man who
was picking up his an each
porch interpreted his attempt to communicate with
them we sign language as a threat, him,
beat him up, and then heeled him to the police station.
Jonathan Meister is suing with the Disability Rights
Legal Center. CBS Les Angeles reports:
The South Bay man claims officers didn' t give him
a chance to explain what he was swing refere
placing him in , heating him and using a
stun gun to shock him into submission.
The problem began when police reportedly via CBS LA
Meister' s attempts to speak in sign
language unthreatening gestures.
Moreover, officers didn' t realize that when they ha nth: uffie Meister, who is "promontory
and , they tees away his communicate.