Last week Magdiel Sanchez, a deaf man, was shot and killed in front of his Oklahoma City home by police.
Sanchez waved a short metal pipe, which he reportedly used to communicate. After police ordered Sanchez to drop the pipe, neighbors shouted that he couldn't hear.
Since then, The Atlantic reports, the case has brought more attention to calls from disability-rights advocates to reform police relations with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires the government to provide “effective communication,” “reasonable accommodation,” and equal access to services for people with disabilities. But the law has been on the books for almost 30 years, and law enforcement hasn’t always complied.
And for the deaf community, officers’ gaps in training have often led to strain and miscommunication -- and sometimes the use of deadly force.
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