A review by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that the Philadelphia Police Department discriminated against people who were deaf or hearing-impaired, Philly.com reports.
In a letter dated December 7, DOJ wrote that Philadelphia police handcuffed deaf people behind their back, making them unable to communicate with sign language.
Police also neglected to inform courts that defendants appearing for a video arraignment were deaf. The defendants couldn't understand what was happening, according to the review.
And police did not provide sign-language translators or other services to defendants, victims, and witnesses.
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