Sunday, August 15, 2010

A sad example of inhumanity and misunderstanding.

Two shoppers at a Forever 21 store in southern California were tackled and restrained with brutal force after failing to return to the store after the alarm buzzed as they were exciting. The reason they did not stop: The two men were deaf.

As you can see in the video clip above, the security officers used excessive force in restraining the two men, and forbid them to access their bags to obtain shopping receipts, or get close to eachother so they could communicate using sign language.

This is sick and disheartening to watch, especially since ASL and the deaf community are near and dear to my heart. Even if the men WERE guilty of petty shoplifting, they did not deserve to be treated this way. I am quite surprised that no one in the crowd stepped forward to help, though hopefully this video clip will help the men fight this legally. It is my understanding that the security guards were fired.


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