Deaf man sues Hawthorne police over confrontation
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) -- A deaf man who says Hawthorne police roughed him up when he couldn't communicate with them has filed a civil rights lawsuit.
The Daily Breeze of Torrance (http://bit.ly/1ms0uMX ) says the federal suit was filed this week on behalf of Jonathan Meister.
The suit says Meister was removing some items from a friend's backyard last year when a neighbor called police.
Meister says he tried to gesture that he couldn't hear officers but they grabbed his wrists, leading to a struggle. Meister says four officers kicked, punched and jolted him with a stun gun.
Officers claimed Meister violently resisted but he wasn't charged with a crime.
His suit says the officers weren't prepared to deal with the hearing-impaired.
Hawthorne police said they don't comment on pending litigation.
Information from: Daily Breeze, http://www.dailybreeze.com