Four Los Angeles Police Tased And Beat A Deaf Man Unconscious For Using Sign Language

police-beat-deaf-manIn which using sign language gestures is considered attempted assault. The New York Daily News reports:

Cops in California tasered a deaf man to the ground and then beat him unconscious because he couldn’t hear their orders, a new lawsuit claims.

Jonathan Meister alleges officers discharged the electric charge into his body after mistaking his attempts to communicate via sign language as aggressive hand signals.

Four cops arrived at his friend’s house in Hawthorne after receiving reports of a burglary [in an area that had experienced a rash of burglaries]. Meister was outside loading boxes into his car when the officers reportedly told him to stop. But because he is deaf, he said he did not hear their commands.

The officers beat Meister until he passed out, before taking him to a hospital where he was charged with assaulting police officers. That charge, however, was dropped and Hawthorne Police Department is now facing a lawsuit for violating Meister’s rights as a disabled person under the American with Disabilities Act.

9 Comments on "Four Los Angeles Police Tased And Beat A Deaf Man Unconscious For Using Sign Language"

  1. Spasmodius | Feb 19, 2014 at 10:20 am |

    What a shower of absolute bastards.

  2. Where’s Christopher Dorner when you need him?

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  3. Yes, the LA piggies can be a nasty lot.
    As always, I hope these bastards are severely punished. But, as these things usually go, nothing will happen to them.
    People love and worship their pigs in this country. Who else is gonna keep all the nice white people safe from the brown hordes seeking to pollute our precious bodily fluids?

    • Ted Heistman | Feb 19, 2014 at 11:31 am |

      Looks like more and more white people are getting the shit beat out of them, too.

      • Yes, they are.
        It sucks when anyone is brutalized by the police. But, if starts happening more to white people, it is more likely that the issue will get more attention. This will hopefully be beneficial to everyone.

        • InfvoCuernos | Feb 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm |

          All its going to take is for some reporter’s family member to get beat, and then we’ll really start hearing about it, or maybe if one of those wealthy movie producers in Hollywood.

    • Crazy, man.

  4. Jonas Planck | Feb 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm |

    Ever since being thrown to the ground, cuffed, and held at gunpoint for reporting a burglary, I no longer report things to the police in realtime. I figure there are safer ways to seek justice, such as taking footage and sending it in anonymously… although, now that there’s no anonymity anymore… and the police REALLY don’t like people taking video in public… well, we’re all in a bit of a pickle. Restraint is required, It’s important if I wanna live.
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