Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Happened To Daniel Harris?

North Carolina State Police trooper kills unarmed man with a hearing impairment.

#BlackLivesMatter activists are bringing attention to the death of a man who was shot and killed after a traffic stop. It's another fatal police encounter in the city of Charlotte. The fatal police shooting of Daniel Harris sparked outrage and a state investigation.

Daniel was a man who had hearing impairments. The trooper was Black and the victim was White.

Daniel was being pursued by the North Carolina State Police. The trooper observed Daniel allegedly speeding on Interstate 485, a beltway that circles Charlotte. He followed for seven miles until Daniel made it all the way home.

The trooper ordered Daniel out the car. Daniel who is deaf and mute was unaware of the order exited his vehicle and as soon as he tried to sign to the trooper, he was shot. He was immediately killed upon the shooting.
Trooper Jermaine Saunders is in the freezer after he shot an unarmed man.
Daniel was the father of a 4-year old son. His family who is also hearing impaired is calling for the trooper to be indicted for murder.

The trooper Jermaine Saunders is in the freezer pending a state and federal investigation. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety which the state police is a branch of says that their troopers are required to have training for Spanish and sign language. They are to recognize those who have disabilities such as blindness, Autism, Alzheimer's disease, and hearing impairments.

Daniel was unarmed and had no major criminal history.

His death once again bring attention to training. This trooper may have recklessly killed a man over a minor traffic violation.

A minor traffic violation shouldn't result in death.

The need for police reform is necessary. It's time for Congress to pass justice reform.

If a person with hearing impairments could shot by police, who know what could happen if the person was blind?

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