Thursday, September 19, 2013

Deaf man calls arrest wrong and humiliating

Police laughed at a deaf man when he asked why he was being arrested and refused to provide him with a sign language interpreter, the man claims in Federal Court.

David Updike says police descended on his home in Gresham, Ore., based on a neighbor's report of a disturbance there. It had been early in the afternoon on Jan. 14, 2013. The neighbor, who learned about the alleged disturbance from a note left at her door, informed the operator that all parties involved in the disturbance were deaf, according to the complaint.

Four officers allegedly entered the garage where Updike was working, grabbed the man and placed him under arrest.

Though they knew Updike was deaf, they did not provide him with an American Sign Language interpreter and did communicate with him in ASL, according to the suit.

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