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Deaf Woman’s Lawsuit Claims Policeman Tackled Her

December 16, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

Created: 12/13/2013 10:52 AM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
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A deaf woman claims an Albuquerque officer tackled her to the ground because she couldn’t hear his commands.

Janet Case is completely deaf in one ear and has limited hearing in the other. APD officers were called to her apartment complex because of a dispute between Case and her landlord.

In APD’s lapel camera video of the incident, the situation seems to get out of hand when an officer tells Case to come outside. The officer asks Case to turn around, but she says no and tells him she’s deaf. The officer then tells Case to get on the ground and she responds “no” again.

That’s when the officer takes Case to the ground and begins to handcuff her. The officer tells her, “You’ve heard everything I said and you’ve told me ‘no’ every time I talked to you.” Case then responds, “No, I’m deaf.”

“That officer was just annoyed that she wouldn’t talk to him or couldn’t hear him,” said Theresa Hacsi, Case’s attorney. “It was humiliating for her. It didn’t only escalate to her getting tackled on the ground and handcuffed and taken to jail, she got lectured several times like a child.”

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