Oklahoma Police Accused of Beating Up Deaf Man

Here’s the story from The Huffington Post:

Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been pulled off the streets following allegations of excessive force against a deaf man in Oklahoma City.

According to a website set up for Pearl Pearson, the 64-year-old man is recovering from his injuries nearly two weeks after a violent confrontation with two Highway Patrol officers during a traffic stop.

“Pearl pulled over and rolled down his window, expecting an officer to ask for [his] identification,” the website states. “An officer struck him in the face before Pearl had the chance to do anything. As you can see, he was struck multiple times.”

The website alleges Pearson, who is deaf anddiabetic, has a placard on his driver’s side door that says, “Driver is deaf.” His license also allegedly indicates he is deaf.

“An interpreter was never provided while Pearl was under the care of law enforcement,” the website states. “Not during the booking, hospital, or time at the jail was an interpreter provided, even though Pearl requested one.”

MY TAKE: Wow. What a horrific story. Worst case scenario: Let’s say this individual wasn’t deaf and just didn’t feel like responding to the cops. Does that give the cops the right to touch or even punch that individual? No. If a cop feels like someone is being disrespectful to them, arrest them for insubordination and let the courts, lawyers and other civil-minded individuals handle the situation. This is utterly shameful.

It should be pointed out though, that these cops are still innocent until proven guilty. Although, it looks like there is sufficient enough evidence based on the pictures that the cops are guilty of this heinous crime.

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