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On September 20, 2017, Oklahoma City police officers shot and killed a deaf man, Magdiel Sanchez, when he did not hear their verbal commands. Both the Oklahoma Association of the Deaf (OAD) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) condemn this horrific tragedy.

PR: https://www.nad.org/2017/10/10/avoidable-killings-by-police-must-stop/

VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: NAD President Melissa (left) and OAD President Renee’ (right) stand next to each other. The NAD logo appears on bottom right corner as a watermark.

MELISSA: Hi, I’m Melissa, President of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

RENEE’: I’m Renee’, President of the Oklahoma Association of the Deaf (OAD).

MELISSA: This important video discusses the ongoing police shootings of deaf and hard of hearing people. Such shootings have led to loss of their lives, which is a terrible tragedy. The most recent incident happened in Oklahoma so I will let Renee’ explain what happened.

RENEE’: Magdiel Sanchez, a deaf man, was at home when the police arrived. He approached them and was shot and killed. The deaf and hard of hearing community here in Oklahoma are devastated, worried, and concerned. This is not the first time that there has been a terrible incident between a deaf person and the police in the state of Oklahoma. Recently, the OAD met with the Oklahoma City Police Department to demand that these terrible incidents cannot keep happening. The police agreed and want to work with the OAD to prevent further tragedies from happening again with deaf persons.

MELISSA: The NAD has a committee that focuses on public safety, specifically law enforcement. The public safety committee is also devastated by what happened to Magdiel, and are working hard to gather different resources and examining how law enforcement system can change for the better. The committee is also developing a list of guidelines for deaf and hard of hearing people to use when approached by the police. Once the committee finishes gathering resources and developing guidelines, we will share with the public.

RENEE’: Ineffective communication between the police and the deaf community happens often. We must work together to prevent any further tragedies from happening again.

BOTH: Thank you.

Video fades to a soft white background with several different font types showing “NAD” very quickly. Copyright video ends with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Blue text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2017 All Rights Reserved”.

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