A video was posted on YouTube which shows the violent arrest of a deaf man suspected of shoplifting at the Forever 21 store on Hollywood Boulevard. Apparently the deaf man failed to stop when the alarm went off as he exited the store. As you can see in the video, the man’s friend tries repeatedly to communicate with the security guards and tell them that they have a receipt for their purchase and that the man is deaf and cannot hear them.
Obviously, I’m not a witness, but the video clearly shows a breakdown in communication. I’ve never really been a strong advocate for Deaf Rights–or any other political issues, really–but this bothers me on the same level the outrageous police force during G20 in Toronto bothered me.