Witnesses say San Diego Police used excessive force on a deaf man on Monday afternoon, KGTV reports.
A witness said the man was illegally parked in a commercial loading zone to make a quick stop. When he saw that he was about to get a ticket, he ran outside in an attempt to communicate with the traffic enforcement officer, who pepper sprayed him in the face.
"He couldn't speak, so he was communicating via a legal pad we had. As he was writing something to ask us, he saw that he was going to get a ticket," said Tiara Arreloa, who works in the shoe store the man was visiting.
When two more officers and a security guard arrived, one of the officers used a taser on the man.
"The police really need some serious training and they need to learn how to become aware of the deaf community," Aline Smith, Director of Media and Community Education, told KGTV.
"Deaf people are afraid of the police ... It's important that people take the time and are patient in order to assess what's really happening."
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