Police in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma are being accused of using excessive force in their beating of a deaf African-American man. Pearl Pearson, 64, allegedly fled the scene of an automobile accident, but was later pulled over by officers.
Pearson has a sign on his vehicle that informs officers that he is deaf and thus may not hear commands. But this didn’t seem to matter to the officers involved in the beating.
Local KFOR reported that affidavit indicated Pearson didn’t comply with multiple orders to show his hands after he was pulled over on January 3. Pearson says he was hit in the face before he was able to show his ID, and that he was never made aware of any orders to show his hands. Pearson was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.
Pearson’s neighbor, Sacia Law said that Pearson is a kind and gentle man who would never have offered any physical resistance if pulled over.
“He’s hearing impaired, you can’t yell at him from behind his car and get a response,” she explained, “I know they do dangerous jobs and they put their lives on the line, but that is over the top.”
The Highway Patrol is currently reviewing the arrest and officer’s actions. Online court records indicate that charges remain against Pearson, but no future court dates have been listed yet.
The Total Source for Hearing-Loss and Access group (TSHA) is accepting donations for his legal and medical expenses, on their website.
Stay tuned for information as it develops.
(Article by M.B. David; image via local KFOR)