Oklahoma State Troopers Allegedly Beat Up on Deaf Man for Seven Minutes Because He Didn’t Comply

courtesy policeKFORPearl Pearson is accused of fleeing the scene of a car accident in Oklahoma City, but the police who pursued him are accused of brutalizing the deaf man for not following their orders. Via KFOR:

Late Tuesday Pearl’s attorney, Billy Coyle, says “My client is completely innocent of these allegations. We are waiting on the OHP report and we are sorting  through the facts of the case. My client is profoundly deaf and was trying to give officers his specialty license during the stop”.

He says his client, a deaf man, was brutalized at the scene, at the hospital and continued at the jail.

One neighbor said the incident is a misunderstanding by troopers that went too far.

“I know they do dangerous jobs and they put their lives on the line, but that is over the top,” Sacia Law said.  “It’s completely unacceptable. Seven minutes of just basically beating someone?”

“Dangerous job” is a relative term, but as Radley Balko noted in his inaugural Washington Post column,  “the job of police officer is getting safer. Last year saw the fewest gun-related homicides of police officers since the 19th century. Assaults on cops are dropping, too. “

State police say Pearson’s case is in the DA’s office, while his  arrest is being reviewed “administratively.” Two of the police officers have been suspended with pay.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    AT BEST you're looking at some perfunctory corrective training on dealing with the disabled out of this.

  • ||

    I'm going to go beat up a random black person in my office complex just to see if I get four weeks paid vacation too. Wish me luck.

  • tarran||

    Break a leg!

  • ||

    Civil rights violations charges, here you come!

  • Drake||

    Make sure your "random" choice is considerably smaller than you.

  • wareagle||

    black AND disabled. A two-fer.

  • MasterDarque||

    Make the person female, black, deaf, blind, and handicap

  • AlmightyJB||

    You forgot pretty and gay

  • Meerkatx||

    I swear to fucking god that all LEO training films are just Cartman running around screaming "Obey my authoritah!" and then beating Kenny to death.

  • Hugh Akston||

    It was the deaf guy's fault. Repeatedly swinging a bloodied baton is ASL for STOP RESISTING.

  • ||

    They should change the ASL sign for "please stop beating me, I'm deaf" to something you can sign while trying to protect your skull from not getting cracked. It might take some work.

  • Dweebston||

    “Dangerous job” is a relative term, but as Radley Balko noted in his inaugural Washington Post column, “the job of police officer is getting safer. Last year saw the fewest gun-related homicides of police officers since the 19th century. Assaults on cops are dropping, too."

    Perhaps that's a function of the fear and servility modern policing inspires. Success!

  • Sudden||

    Balko is clearly wrong. There are several considerable dangers in LE. For example, there is the possibility that you will suffer a mild ankle sprain while repeatedly kicking an innocent civilian with your jack boot, there is the risk that you will have to take a four week paid vacation and thus be denied your ability to terrorize innocents for a month due to an investigation into your murder of an unarmed civilian, there is the risk that your baton will be so contaminated with blood of bludgeoning victims that you may contract some form of airborn illness from failing to properly sanitize it after a 12 hour shift of mercilessly batoning people who are clearly resisting by putting their hands up to block the wrath of your blows while screaming in horror "PLEASE DEAR GOD STOP, PLEASE, I AM COOPERATING!"

  • WTF||

    Dangerous job, my ass. Cops are not even in the top 20 occupations for on-the-job mortality. Even sanitation workers have higher on the job mortality than cops.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    The Public buys this bullshit because, most weeks, they probably see more policeman killed, while protecting children/women/old people, (on TV or film) than in Balko's fancy statistics.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug8Wec2AR3c
    "Mendoza!"

  • BardMetal||

    Yeah I think we can blame a lot of the crime dramas for the public's perception of cops. How often in TV shows are a suspects constitutional rights treated like loopholes that protect deviant sexual predators, and the like?

    How often in TV does a rogue cop beat a confession out of a suspect to solve a crime, or save a victim? Have they ever done a cop drama where a cop beats the fuck out of a suspect and it turns out the suspect was innocent?

  • ||

    I vaguely recall an episode of NYPD Blue that did that, but they more than made up for it by "tuning up" bad guys in every other episode.

  • Hyperion||

    Didn't some jury just give them permission to beat the guy to death, without consequences, if they felt like it?

    I guess the guy should consider himself lucky.

  • WTF||

    Sadly, that was my first thought. He's lucky they let him live.

  • sarcasmic||

    aye

  • sarcasmic||

    The website pearlpearson.com does make the claim, “Pearson was pulled over and rolled down his window, expecting an officer to ask for this identification. An officer struck him in the face before Pearl had the chance to do anything.”

    I get the picture. He didn't pull over immediately. So the cops simply followed standard procedure and beat the guy for several minutes while shouting "Stop resisting!"

    Nothing else will happen.

  • Sudden||

    I did not examine the article or any associated comments, as previous history suggests they will look exactly like this:

    asshat#1 (posted at 11:11 A.M.):
    OMG, deaf people shouldn't be allowed to drive! If that were an ambulance trying to get him to pull over, a child might die waiting for him to pull over, think of the chilrunz!

    asshat#2 (posted at 11:13 A.M., reply to asshat#1)
    He clearly had it coming. He practically killed my son.

  • RBS||

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  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    "the job of police officer is getting safer."

    Needs to get a lot more dangerous. Maybe some spouses or parents of these beat-to-death innocents would like to step up to the plate and exact some rough justice?

    Bueller?

  • Sudden||

    When the revolution comes and the gallows are constructed, I'll comb the archives of H&R for the souls I intend to collect.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Is that you Madame Defarge?
    You murderous vixen, you.

  • croaker||

    Why waste rope when there are plenty of idle wood chippers around?

  • R C Dean||

    I know they do dangerous jobs and they put their lives on the line,

    No, they really don't. I wish people would stop saying they do. Because they don't.

  • sarcasmic||

    The most common cause of death for cops in the line of duty is traffic accidents.

  • Invisible Finger||

    The Homicide series really told the truth to that lie.

    In one episode, an officer decides not to bother getting out of his squad car when he responds to call because he heard shots. The rest of the episode is the political finagling on whether he was duty bound or not (along with the requisite NBC-forced proselytizing of the boilerplate police propaganda) and of course he keeps his job with a strong reprimand (and phony NBC-forced disgust by the cop-hero regulars).

    Two seasons later said cop is promoted to the Homicide unit and becomes a series regular.

    Such truth, obvious to people making it a point to pay attention, slipped right by the network propagandists.

  • Invisible Finger||

    We should also stop calling them "first responders" because, LOGICALLY, they can never be better than second responders

  • R C Dean||

    My master plan for addressing two problems at once:

    (1) Tort reform for medical malpractice, to reduce health care costs from defensive medicine.

    (2) Job retraining for all the newly unemployed malpractice attorneys, to redirect their considerable energies towards civil rights cases.

    Seriously, if two groups ever deserved each other, its the plaintiffs' bar and the cops. If we could sic the lawyers on the cops, well, what a win-win, no?

  • ||

    Your two-pronged approach is a good one.. That said, a third prong is needed:

    Abolish "qualified immunity."

  • ||

    Those cops were just celebrating the Fullerton verdict. Nothing to see here. Move along, people.

  • wareagle||

    whenever soldiers in the middle of a shooting war do something that is even remotely similar to this, they are often charged and regardless of the verdict, their careers are irreparably harmed if not ended. But cops, well, the excuse-makers come out of the woodwork like ants rushing toward a picnic.

  • sarcasmic||

    That's because soldiers have honor, and they respect the people they serve. Cops have no honor and look upon the public with contempt.

    I was reading an article in the local paper about some police chief retiring. One of the comments in the article came from a cop who said the chief inspired him to believe policing was more than just pulling people over and finding people to arrest. That it mean actually respecting and earning the respect of the public. He made it clear that police respecting the public was unusual. Very unusual.

  • BardMetal||

    Apparently Jihadists on foreign soil have more rights then the citizens of a constitutional republic have.

    I wonder how long America will tolerate this? I can't help but think that the public's perception of cops is changing, although very slowly.

  • Mainer2||

    I have got to stop visiting this website for a week or so. These police brutality stories can not be good for my aging heart. And we have enough incidents like this locally to enrage me.

    Sarcasmic recently linked to the latest, Seabrook NH police who slammed some kid's head into a concrete wall while he was in custody. And the script is already playing out about "totality of the circumstances", a matter of "training", and the fact that the kid actually was drunk and belligerent, so the punk deserved it.

    The hopeless part is how many people will defend or forgive the police no matter what. Like there is some defensible reason for slamming someone's head into a concrete wall. Or beating a deaf man.

  • MasterDarque||

    Clearly being deaf is not an excuse..he should have regained his hearing

  • Swiss Servator, Befehl!||

    You forgot the "/FOP"

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Strawberry Alice: It means you kicked the shit out of an innocent man!

    Little Bill Daggett: Innocent? Innocent of what?!

  • Dr. Frankenstien||

    Wasn't modern policing created in the 19th century. So IOW policing is as safe as it ever was. Police safety first works folks.

  • croaker||

    Modern policing in the USA has it's roots in the slave catchers of the South.

  • Andrew S.||

    I'm teaching my daughter not to trust police officers. My mom hates that; she thinks all police officers are good and pure. I show her stories like this, and she says it's just one bad apple, or she justifies it.

    I'm glad I'm not much of a product of my upbringing.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Fuck the police

  • RishJoMo||

    Punk loser cops, OFF with their heads I say!

    www.AnonGlobal.tk

  • RishJoMo||

    Punk loser cops, OFF with their heads I say!

    www.AnonGlobal.tk

  • ||

  • Invisible Finger||

    the job of police officer is getting safer.

    Yep. Fewer and fewer of them are being found guilty of the obvious crimes they are committing.

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