A deaf man who suffered injuries after an encounter with Oklahoma state troopers during a traffic stop will no longer be going to trial; prosecutors have dropped the charges just weeks before he was set to appear in court, KOKH reports.
Pearl Pearson Jr. said that officers beat him up during an encounter following a traffic stop in February 2014. His mug shot showed injuries, including a swollen eye.
Pearson said that he could not hear the troopers’ request and attempted to let them know he was deaf. According to the news station, video of the incident showed troopers screaming at Pearson and pulling him from his vehicle.
In court documents, Pearson was accused of fighting the officers and resisting arrest. The district attorney cleared the troopers of criminal wrongdoing but slapped Pearson with a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
However, Pearson’s lawyers successfully managed to argue that Pearson needed special interpreters for his trial, pointing out that Pearson learned sign language during segregation, and thus communicates differently from those who learned traditional American Sign Language.