Six teens were on the way to a community basketball game in Belleville, New Jersey when the old-school Chevy they were riding in was stopped by an unmarked police car. The driver got out to get his license from the trunk. The officer grabbed the driver and slammed him onto the passenger side of the car. That's when 17-year-old Dominique Issac - the only one who wasn't deaf - told the officer that the driver was deaf.
Soon, six police cars had blocked them in. The rest of the passengers were pointing to their ears signaling to them the they also were deaf. The boys were embarrassed as onlookers stared and shook their heads while they were being searched.
Here's the video to the story:
I'm not taking any sides, but from the officers' point of view, there are six teens in an old-school Chevy. These cars are already associated with drug activity. There's no getting past that. When they got pulled over, the driver gets out without permission to go to the trunk. Deaf or not, you do NOT get out of the car to go to the trunk. That's common sense. If he can't understand that, then he should not be driving. Besides, I didn't even know that deaf people were allowed to drive.
After the officer was informed of the disability of the driver, there was no further report of physical contact from the police. With that said, was this harassment or were the officers doing their job?