Don’t miss a thing by getting the Daily Star’s biggest headlines straight to your inbox!
A deaf man is suing two officers after being assaulted and tasered by police in Colorado for allegedly driving through a stop sign.
Brady Mistic was also jailed for four months for 'resisting arrest', where he was mistreated and couldn't communicate due to the jail staff's lack of adequate training.
Mistic is suing the police officers for being treated unlawfully as he cannot read lips and can only form a few words verbally, he relies on American Sign Language to communicate.
His lawyers said that he hadn't realized that he was being pulled over and had parked his car and was walking towards a laundromat when he saw police vehicles' flashing lights.
The lawsuit also said that Mistic attempted to use his hands to communicate with the officers Nicholas Hanning and Ellie Summers, but they didn't consider his movements on September 17, 2019.
The suit said: “Mistic cried out saying, ‘no ears,’ but defendant Summers ignored his plea and then tasered him a second time. Defendants knew or should have known by Mr. Mistic’s lack of speech, hand gestures, and articulation of the words “no ears” that he was deaf and could not hear or understand the officers.”
"He had no idea what was happening, what the police were doing, or if the officers' presence had anything to do with him, footage captured also shows Mistic being thrown to the ground, slamming his head on concrete, without 'warning or attempt to communicate."
Inside the warped mind of twisted Sarah Everard killer PC Wayne Couzens
Harring, one of the two officers at the scene, can be seen grabbing the defendant by the shirt from his body camera footage.
Officers Nicholas Hanning and Ellie Summers, are now being sued for compensation for pain and suffering, over claims they gave no 'warning or attempt to communicate' before slamming the vulnerable Mistic to the ground. He is also suing the city of Idaho Springs and the Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners for the imprisonment.
One of the officers involved, Hanning, is already facing third-degree assault charges in relation to the arrest of 75-year-old Michael Clark back in May. During the arrest, which occurred at Clark’s home, Hanning allegedly tased the senior and caused enough damage to his heart to require surgery.
To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.
Source: Read Full Article