Deaf driver shot dead by US po­lice dur­ing traf­fic stop

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MI­AMI – Au­thor­i­ties in the south­ern US state of North Carolina said on Mon­day they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a deaf man who was fa­tally shot af­ter a trooper tried to pull him over for speed­ing.

Daniel Har­ris (29), who used sign lan­guage to com­mu­ni­cate, led trooper Jer­maine Saun­ders on a 13km chase on Thurs­day that started on an in­ter­state high­way and ended out­side his home in Char­lotte, lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion WSOC re­ported.

The driver ex­ited his ve­hi­cle in the neigh­bour­hood and an “en­counter took place” that led to a shot be­ing fired, North Carolina State High­way Patrol spokesper­son Sergeant Michael Baker said in a state­ment.

The driver died at the scene, Baker said. No weapon was re­cov­ered from Har­ris, the State Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion told WSOC.

Saun­ders has been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave while in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­view ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing dash­board and body cam­era videos.

A neigh­bour called the shoot­ing un­ac­cept­able.”

“He didn’t even hear the siren, he didn’t hear any­thing... You’re pulling some­one over who is deaf, they are hand­i­capped,” Mark Bar­ringer told WSOC.

Har­ris’s fam­ily has launched an on­line fundraiser to pay for funeral ex­penses.

Leftover money “will be used to set up a foun­da­tion in his name to ed­u­cate and pro­vide law en­force­ment proper train­ing on how to con­front deaf peo­ple,” the fam­ily’s YouCar­ fundrais­ing page said.

They hoped to change driv­ers’ reg­is­tra­tion sys­tems so that a “deaf ” alert will show up when po­lice look up a car’s li­cence plate.

“With this change, Daniel will be a hero in our deaf com­mu­nity,” the fam­ily said.

More than $10 000 had been raised by late Mon­day. — AFP. “to­tally

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