Oklahoma “heroes” Blow Away Deaf Man

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Magdiel Sanchez,  a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two armed government workers approached his house. He got up and walked toward them, when, according to news reports and a statement, the “heroes” noticed he was holding a metal pipe. They started giving him “verbal commands” to lie down, then one fired his Taser and the other shot him in the chest with his sidearm. Sanchez died. The “heroes” later claimed not to have heard neighbors shouting that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear their commands.

The “heroes” were there because allegedly Sanchez’s father had been in a hit-and-run (injuring property, not people, if the accusations are true). Sanchez carried the pipe, neighbors said, to ward off dogs. He was deaf and reportedly developmentally disabled. In a statement, the ACLU said, “Magdiel Sanchez was shot at his own home, without having committed any crime, and in front of neighbors who knew he was deaf trying to communicate to the police that what they were about to do was wrong.”

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