A Colorado police officer made fun of a deaf man who speaks sign language because he could not understand their rules, a lawsuit filed in federal court says.
Brady Mistic said he was beaten and electrocuted during his arrest in Idaho Springs, and was jailed for four months despite trying to speak to police that he could not hear them.
The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, alleges that Mistic was accused of making a stop sign in 2019. He then entered the laundry, and went on the business, unaware that employees Nicholas Hanning and Ellie Summers followed.
“As Mr. Mistic got out of his car and crossed the garbage can between his car and the police car, going to the laundry door, blinded by police lights and / or the spot where the police are shining. “” He does not know what is happening, what the police are doing, or if the presence of the police has anything to do with it. “
Mistic, who could not read lips, tried to communicate with the security guards on his own, to no avail, according to the lawsuit. Harring grabbed the plaintiff’s uniform and threw him on the floor, slashing his head with cement without ” warning or trying to communicate, ” the accuser said.
“Hanning’s defender slapped Mr. Mistic in the back as Mr. Mistic stretched out his hand in front of Hanning’s defender in an effort to show that it did not mean there was no injury and that there was nothing to wear. the police are scared. ” . “Downstairs, the accused Summers joined, arresting Mr. Mistic. S Summers defenders removed his Taser and fired Mr. Mistic. ”
Mistic is facing police in the city of Idaho Springs with the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department, where he is being held.
The department defended security personnel, saying Mistic had arrived with a “well-marked patrol car” with an emergency fire.
“The police ordered Mr. Mistic to return to his car. It was later determined that Mr. Mistic was deaf, but police did not know this fact during the initial meeting, “officials wrote on the Idaho Springs Police website.
“The police then asked Mr. Mistic to sit down. At one point, police tried to control Mr. Mistic by tying him up for an undisclosed reason, “the statement continued.” Mr. Mistic resisted the police, and a physical altercation ensued. do. ”
Doctors examined Mistic, accused him of assaulting police and resisting arrest, and took him to prison.
The statement alleges that Hanning broke his leg or ankle while attacking the deaf man, and charged “with fraudulent attempts to cover up their misconduct.”
Court officials eventually dropped the charges after Mistic spent four months in jail without an interpreter, according to the suit.
The department said, “Former Chief Christian Malanka discussed the incident and the behavior of the staff felt it was appropriate,” adding that the injury was caused by “hostile conduct”.
Mistic seeks financial compensation for “physical and emotional harm, pain and suffering, discrimination and economic destruction.”