Preparing for interactions with the police as a deaf person, and ensuring that your rights are respected

The harmful consequences of miscommunications between the police and deaf people are well-known in the deaf community. The video below offers information about the rights of deaf individuals when interacting with the police. It also offers tips, including how to prepare for everyday encounters, such as routine traffic stops, and advice on what to do if you are arrested. In addition, it addresses your options if you feel that your rights have been violated. The American Civil Liberties Union worked with Marlee Matlin, the deaf actress and activist, as well as the group Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD) to produce the video.

This video may begin with a commercial which was not chosen by or for the benefit of DisAbility Rights Galaxy.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.

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