Halton Regional Police’s arrest of Hearing Impaired Male causes a Viral Video

Halton Regional Police with Deaf Suspect
Halton Regional Police’s arrest of Hearing Impaired Male causes a Viral Video

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Nolan A Machan

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On Tuesday November 8, 2016 a video on Facebook was posted regarding the arrest of a hearing impaired individual by the Halton Regional Police, which at the time of this post has been viewed over 225,000 times.

Normally, Halton Regional Police do not put out press releases regarding these incidents; however, due to the public’s concern about the treatment of the hearing impaired individual they released the following via their Facebook account on November 10, 2016:

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Halton Regional Police Service responded to a reported theft of numerous items, including over-the-counter medication and razor blades. Based on witness accounts and surveillance video a suspect was identified and located in the area.

Out of concern for the safety of the male, members of the public, and police, the responding officer waited for a second officer to arrive before affecting an arrest. The individual is known to police and the arresting officer has previously dealt with, and effectively communicated with him without the use of sign language.

The arrest was made without injury to the male or police, and adhered to officer safety protocols. Once in custody the male was provided with an opportunity to communicate with an officer familiar with American Sign Language to explain the situation prior to the arrival of an ASL Certified Interpreter. The HRPS is aware that a portion of this interaction was captured on audio video and posted to social media.

The male was subsequently charged with theft and was held for a bail hearing. This matter is currently before the courts.

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