Top Story: Pearl Pearson – A Case of Police Brutality in My Family

I saw this image days ago and had no idea this was my cousin! When I saw the image I did not click on the story accompanying it. I read that it was yet another case of police brutality, shook my head and moved on. I wish my family had made a better effort to inform us all of his situation.


Who is Pearl Pearson?

Pearl is a 64 year-old diabetic deaf driver who resides in the Oklahoma City area.

What’s the story?

At this time, only limited details can be provided since this case is under investigation.

1. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol pulled Pearl over late in the evening on January 3, 2014. Pearl pulled over as he should.

2. Pearl’s driver’s license indicates he is Deaf. He also has a visor card inside his vehicle that says, “Driver is deaf”.

3. During the police encounter, Pearl was struck by officers.

4. An interpreter was never provided while Pearl was under the care of law enforcement — not during the booking, hospital, or while at the jail, even though Pearl requested one.

5. Pearl does not understand why he was struck. Pearl and his family are still not sure, but are ready for some answers.

6. Pearl’s own son is a police officer, as was his son-in-law, who is now a deputy sheriff. He respects law enforcement and knows how to respond when pulled over. There is no reason for someone like Pearl to be hurt like this by those who are meant to protect and serve.

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5 thoughts on “Top Story: Pearl Pearson – A Case of Police Brutality in My Family

  1. dunno how it goes in the U.S, but here in Oz, they just get transferred to a non metropolitan department, or given a holiday leave until things chill out, im yet to see a case where officers have been charged or even jailed for stuff they do, even with video footage and witnesses, nothing happens at all…

  2. those bastards should lose their badges…for starters….if I had my way…they would get one year in prison for every blow struck or time his rights were violated…..I know it may not happen…but one can hope and pray

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