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Police beat deaf man after gesturing that he cannot hear

By Mason White 11:35 AM February 19, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A deaf man was beaten by police officers who didn’t know that the suspect they were trying to arrest was hearing impaired, a lawsuit filed in a California court states.

The incident began when Jonathan Meister was moving boxes and bags that were stored in the backyard of his friend’s house in Los Angeles. A neighbor, who didn’t know Meister, asked him what he was doing, and because he didn’t answer, he decided to call the police.

The neighbor said that there has been a series of robberies in the neighborhood.

Police officers who responded to the scene, saw Meister as he walked through the door, out the back yard and bringing some of his personal belongings to his car.

When Meister saw the police, he approached them and gestured that he is deaf. However, the police officers grabbed his wrists and turned him around. That is when a fight broke out.

A police officer who arrived at the scene during the fight, said that Meister was trying to break free. Meister also allegedly punched and kicked the police officers and pulled their hair.

However, the lawsuit states that the incident occurred in part because police officers did not receive proper training in regards to deaf suspects.