To all Switched at Birth (SAB) fans and community members,
As you can see today’s Switched at Birth episode which ends with a ‘cliff hanger’ of Emmett Bledsoe (Sean Berdy) was arrested and handcuffed by a policeman.
Emmett was working on his motorcycle inside garage and he was holding his wrench. All of the sudden, the police car headlights shined at him. He turned his head around to see what was going on, but he was blinded by bright lights. When a Deaf person was blinded by bright lights, the ability to communicate is futile. Emmett gestured by pointing at his right ear indicating that he was unable to hear, and his facial expression was grimacing by discomfort because of bright lights.
The police shouted at him. At this video clip, you will not be able to hear anything, because offered an unique perspective of a Deaf person who was unable to hear and see what was happening. All of the sudden, the policeman manhandled and pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. His hands were cuffed behind his back, cutting him the only means of communication.
I am sure that you were shocked to see this. You may say, “That was not right!”
Yes, that was not right.
I want you to know that what you see is *NOT* uncommon. It is a very common occurrence among the Deaf Community. It happens AT ALL OF THE TIME.
Police’s maltreatment, mishandling, manhandling, and misunderstanding Deaf people resulting terrible consequences. Death usually occur.
Read about them…
and many more who lived are currently suffering by police brutality. Lawsuits were filed. Some won, some lost. Some were traumatized. Some may never recover. Some developed mistrust to police and law enforcement.
This is a very common problem.
Now, you are aware. Do you want to see Emmett suffer? Think about many “Emmetts” all over who got arrested and handcuffed for a lack of communication and misunderstanding.
This needs to be addressed.
Amy Cohen Efron