Police Handcuff Deaf Black Woman, Ask Her Kids to Interpret

Police Handcuff Deaf Black Woman, Ask Her Kids to Interpret

Newly released body camera footage shows Las Vegas police officers repeatedly asking the children of a Black woman who is deaf to interpret for her as she was being detained, USA Today reports. Deaf advocates say this is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The North Las Vegas Police Department released the footage last week, nearly two months after Andrea Hollingsworth was handcuffed in front of her 11-year-old twin daughters.

The body camera video provides a new perspective on the incident, which was also captured by Hollingsworth on Facebook Live. Hollingsworth’s video now has more than 77,000 views and sparked backlash last month from the local chapters of the , NAACP, the ACLU and advocates from the Deaf community.

Officer Michael Rose described Hollingsworth’s attempts to communicate with American Sign Language as “constant erratic hand movements,” according to a police report obtained by the Las Vegas Journal Review. Rose wrote that when Hollingsworth would not sit down he grabbed her arm and pushed her to the ground.

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