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Police Shoot And Kill Unarmed Deaf Man As He Attempted To Communicate Using Sign Language

Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Upon exiting his vehicle, this deaf man was shot and killed. If police were taught to de-escalate situations rather than react out of fear, he might still be alive.

It’s been argued that the reason Norway police are so much more effective at their jobs than cops in the U.S. is because they undergo three years of training and learn to de-escalate situations, whereas cops in America receive only a fraction of the education and tend to react out of fear rather than respond rationally.





The statistics back up this argument. Every day, U.S. police kill more people than Norwegian cops have in the past ten years. Perhaps if law enforcement officials were educated differently, a deaf man named Daniel Kevin Harris might still be alive today.

According to WCNC, Harris was shot dead by a state trooper in North Carolina this week. Reportedly, the state trooper had attempted to pull over Harris’ vehicle but for an unknown reason, the deceased did not stop. He instead drove to his home.

When both vehicles pulled up to Harris’ home, they were both damaged. A neighbor, Mark Barringer, told the press:

“I was here in my driveway and I saw the highway patrol car come through and it was smoking really bad. About 10 seconds later, I heard one gunshot.”

That gunshot was fatal. Barringer says he went to take a closer look after hearing the noise and found Harris in the middle of the street, just feet away from his front door.





Barringer commented:

“It was surreal, you just don’t expect to see something like that. When the gunshot went off, it was scary.”

Since the tragic event, neighbors have put flowers near where Harris took his final breaths.

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  • Daren

    Should be taking away cops guns. What did that guy do that could’ve possibly merited a death sentence? He looked like areal nice guy,skinny,nonthreatening and deaf. I’m convinced by now that all cops are too stupid for any other job. They just hate people and like to play with guns. If there is not a war on cops there should be.

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