A crowd gathered on Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City to protest the shooting death of Magdiel Sanchez, Oklahoma's News 4 reports.
Sanchez, who was deaf, was shot by police after a hit-and-run incident allegedly involving his father.
The protesters marched from city hall to the police station, many of them holding signs and chanting.
“Being deaf is not a crime. Killing him was,” Juanita Dorado told News 4. “They shot him for no reason over and over and over after being told numerous times he did not hear you.”
Investigators said one of the responding officers claimed Sanchez was armed.
“They were confronted with Mr. Sanchez, who was actually carrying a pipe that was designed as a weapon. It was a club. It was taped. It also had a rope at the end of it. A wrist-a rope that attached to your wrist to help control it," said Chief Bill Citty on Thursday.
Neighbors said Sanchez always carried the pipe for self-protection and that they told the officers Sanchez was deaf and unable to hear their orders to drop it.
Laura Newton, who is deaf, said police needed more training.
“If they’re yelling at this person, he’s obviously not reacting in a way that someone would violently react, he’s just walking with this item that he had in his hand. It should have been easy for the police to recognize," she said.
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