OK Heroes Beat Deaf Diabetic 63-Year-Old
Eric Peters Autos
January 18th, 2014
A deaf driver was beaten by police on the side of the highway when he was unable to understand and comply with their verbal commands.
Pearl Pearson, 64, was stopped by Oklahoma Highway Patrol after he allegedly left the scene of a minor accident on January 3rd, 2014.
A website set up on behalf of Pearson explains the events.
‚ÄúPearl pulled over and rolled down his window, expecting an officer to ask for [his] identification,‚ÄĚ the website states. ‚ÄúAn officer struck him in the face before Pearl had the chance to do anything. As you can see, he was struck multiple times.‚ÄĚ
Pearson suffers from diabetes and is hearing impaired. His driver‚Äôs side door has a placard that reads, ‚ÄúDriver is deaf,‚ÄĚ as does his driver‚Äôs license.
An affidavit claims that he refused to comply with repeated orders from police to display his hands, and that he resisted arrest. A seven minute altercation took place, according to KFOR-4 News.
The website in Pearson‚Äôs name states that he does not know why he was struck. His own own son and son-in-law are police officers. ‚ÄúHe respects law enforcement and knows how to respond when pulled over,‚ÄĚ the website states. ‚ÄúThere is no reason for someone like Pearl to be hurt like this by those who are meant to protect and serve.‚ÄĚ
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Contributed by Eric Peters of Eric Peters Autos.
Eric Peters is an automotive columnist and author who has written for the¬†Detroit News¬†and¬†Free Press,¬†Investors Business Daily,¬†The American Spectator,¬†National Review, The¬†Chicago Tribune¬†and¬†Wall Street Journal.¬†His books include¬†Road Hogs¬†(2011) and¬†¬†Automotive Atrocities¬†(2004). His next book,¬†‚ÄúThe Politics of Driving,‚ÄĚ¬†is scheduled for release in 2012. Visit his web site at¬†Eric Peters Autos.
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