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4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

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Supporters hold up signs during a 2014 protest in support of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with Fullerton police. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

  • Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence.
  • Related: It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant.

David M. Perry, The Nation

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http://cdn.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/30163700/Police-Have-Not-Been-Held-Accountable3-1125x635.jpg September 22, 2017 | Magdiel Sanchez, a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two law-enforcement officers approached his house. He got up and walked toward them, when, according to news reports and a statement, the officers noticed he was holding a metal pipe. They started giving him “verbal commands” to lie down, then one fired his Taser and the other shot him in the chest with his sidearm. Sanchez died. Officers later claimed not to have heard neighbors shouting that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear their commands.

The police were there because allegedly Sanchez’s father had been in a hit-and-run (injuring property, not people, if the accusations are true). Sanchez carried the pipe, neighbors said, to ward off dogs. He was deaf and reportedly developmentally disabled. In a statement, the ACLU said, “Magdiel Sanchez was shot at his own home, without having committed any crime, and in front of neighbors who knew he was deaf trying to communicate to the police that what they were about to do was wrong.”

David M. Perry is a journalist and historian. His blog is How Did We Get Into This Mess.

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It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: No country for people with disabilities
  • The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles. (These cuts) would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant
  • If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept.
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

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