Black Americans often say that young black men must be warned about how do deal with police and other authorities, i.e., very carefully. Evidently disabled people and their caretakers need the same type of warning as we see more violence against the disabled by authorities who are supposed to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.
A few months ago a disabled teenage girl suffering from brain cancer was beaten until bloody by TSA agents. She became confused when an alarm went off so they immediately threw her to the floor and arrested her. TSA agents have also been accused of hassling a 9-year old boy who has a pacemaker after undergoing multiple surgeries for heart defects. Unfortunately TSA agents are Federal employees so they enjoy substantial protection against being fired for using excessive force.
Recently an unarmed deaf man was shot and killed by a state police officer who pursued him for a traffic violation. The victim didn’t respond to the officer’s commands because he couldn’t hear them, but the officer must have thought that sign language posed a lethal threat. There have been no protests, no demonstrations, and little media coverage because this situation doesn’t fit the mold that the liberal media wants to publicize: the officer was black and the victim was white. If the races were reversed so would be the media coverage. There would also be protests and maybe even a remark from the President. This sure looks like a use of excessive force (or is it a hate crime?). If the victim was unarmed but the officer felt threatened, a Taser would have subdued him. Will the officer be charged or will filing charges against a black officer be called racism?
We hear how police officers around the country are being trained to be sensitive to Islam so they don’t “offend” anyone. Instead of indoctrinating officers in the latest manifestation of political correctness they should be teaching them the difference between sign language and Kung Fu fighting. An unarmed young father didn’t deserve to die for a traffic ticket.
Any police officer who can’t recognize a deaf person doesn’t belong in uniform. File charges or admit that disabled lives don’t matter in the USA.
Update: From New Hampshire comes a news story that proves that it was not necessary for a cop to shoot an unarmed deaf man. A distraught man who wanted to commit “suicide by cop” approached officers with razor blades. The officers had the unquestionable authority to shoot an armed assailant, but instead they Tased him. No officers were harmed and hopefully the suicidal man will get mental health treatment. So, why did a black cop shoot an unarmed deaf man? Maybe he hates disabled people. Maybe he was exacting revenge for the shooting of black motorists by white cops. Maybe he was just having a bad day. Regardless, he murdered an unarmed man over a traffic stop. In the interest of justice for a family that lost their father charges should be filed, and the shooting investigated as a hate crime.
Christmas Update: Officers in California destroyed a family’s Christmas joy by killing an unarmed 73-year old grandfather who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. They were primed to shoot by a false report that he was armed. Of course there were no body cameras, no dash camera, just the word of the cops against a dead grandfather. Sue the city and the person who lied (that person didn’t recognize their own neighbor so how could they recognize a gun in the dark?).
2017 Update: Tragically another deaf man was gunned down by cops. He was returning home from a walk. Unfortunately he routinely carried a walking stick. When he “refused” to drop this “weapon” (because he couldn’t hear the order) he was murdered. Now if he had been carrying a shotgun the use of deadly force would have been justified, but wouldn’t a Taser have protected the officers from the perceived threat of a stick? Why has deadly force become the standard police response to any “threat” rather than the last resort it used to be? Is the USA becoming a police state?
In 2017 we even saw an unarmed woman shot and killed while trying to report a suspected crime to the police. Of course the shooting officer ( who broke every procedural rule and endangered his partner by firing across his body) is a Black Muslim from the anarchical nation of Somalia, so he’s in a “protected class” and will probably not face any charges for an action that would land any civilian (or white police officer) in prison for a long time. Our ultra-liberal media was as quiet as possible about this shooting, even though it would have advocated days of rage if the races had been reversed. Political correctness always trumps justice in the USA today.