The South Bay man claims officers didn’t give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him and using a stun gun to shock him into submission.
The problem began when police reportedly misunderstood Meister’s attempts to speak in sign language as threatening gestures.
Moreover, officers didn’t realize that when they handcuffed Meister, who is “profoundly deaf” and non-verbal, they took away his ability to communicate.
Police initially charged Meister with assaulting officers, but those charges were dropped. A police statement insisted it was “the person’s behavior and actions who we contact that dictate police response rather than the communication barriers present”.