Deaf woman calls 911 as she's beaten black and blue by Washington cops
Deaf woman calls 911 as she's beaten black and blue by Washington cops because she didn't hear their orders
Megan Graham's face is still black and blue from an encounter with a Federal Way, Wash. police officer who tried to restrain her last Monday. She is hearing disabled and says she was attacked by the officer before he said anything to her.
Suddenly the officer got out, lunged forward and grabbed her wrist, which she pulled back quickly before calling 911 to ask for help. Then she says she tried to explain that she suffers from disabilities and did not fully grasp what was happening.
"You attacked me before you said anything!" she can be heard saying in the 911 call. "There is no point whatsoever for you to touch me like that, especially with my condition, so how dare you even touch me?"
The officer can be heard saying repeatedly, "You are under arrest."
The Federal Way police claim that as the officer approached Graham, she squared off in a fighter's stance and tried to hit him, at which point she retaliated.
Graham's friend Deborah Fenwick saw the incident and insists that she was not resisting.
"That woman doesn't have a violent bone in her body," Fenwick said. "She's got a heart of gold. If she would have understood the officer's commands in the first place, she would have absolutely complied with him."