Deaf homeless man jailed in Virginia for six weeks says he was denied interpreter | US news | The Guardian
He knew he was in jail, but he didn’t know why.
Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he had been accused of stealing an iPad – an iPad whose owner later found it [emphasis added]. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers because he is deaf. He described a frightening, isolated experience in which medical procedures were performed without his consent and he feared for his safety.
The Guardian article goes on to state, as specifically regards those that are deaf, that “the Virginia department of corrections reached a settlement process to provide qualified interpreters during the booking process and when providing medical care, among other things.”
It isn’t in Virginians’ best interests for local jails to split hairs, and pretend that their operations should not mirror the best practices established for state facilities, without being compelled by the burden to the taxpayers of additional case law or legislation.
Had the Virginia officers or jail personnel done so in this instance, an innocent man would have likely remained free, and taxpayers wouldn’t have been out a thin dime for persecuting a deaf man.
This isn’t the first time that Abreham Zemedagegehu had difficulty being understood by officers, although it appears things didn’t get so bad that he had additionally had trouble with malicious prosecutors and an equally malicious judge, which brings me to the moral of this story:
When you’re going to frame a disabled guy for a crime that never happened, it’s best to at least Google their name before you get carried away.
There may still be a New York Times articles still floating around that unquestionably proves your malice aforethought.
The NYT article said that Abreham Zemedagegehu was given an iPad and accessories by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.
While it seems the laughs are all on Arlington County and their lame defenses and assertions, they’re actually not. All the laughs will be on we, the people, until they – the public servants – actually sere the public.