Police reach out after deaf man shot dead

2017-09-22 21:35
Oklahoma City Police Captain Bo Mathews.  (Sue Ogrocki, AP)

Oklahoma City Police Captain Bo Mathews. (Sue Ogrocki, AP)

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Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Association for the Deaf says police have reached out since an officer fatally shot a deaf man in Oklahoma City, but that more needs to be done.

Association Treasurer Johnny Reininger told The Associated Press on Friday that more training is needed to teach officers to recognise the deaf and to learn to visually communicate with those who can't hear.

Reininger says Police Chief Bill Citty has reached out since 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez was shot on Tuesday. Bystanders yelled to officers that Sanchez was deaf and couldn't hear their commands to drop a metal pipe he was holding.

Police Captain Bo Mathews says officers currently attend four training sessions annually on working with people with disabilities, including a session on the deaf and hard of hearing.

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