15: Only $50,000?!
Posted by ridor9th on August 4, 2008
Not a long while ago on another blogsite, I wrote an entry blasting the local cops in St. Paul for their brutality upon a Deaf individual, Douglas Bahl. Suffice to say, the local press in Twin Cities got the wind of several blogs/vlogs, including mine, that basically embarrassed the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office.
Doug Bahl had requested us to refrain from making judgments upon others and in the process, thanked us for raising awareness against the police brutality upon Deaf individuals like Doug Bahl.
Doug Bahl was ultimately convicted of a misdemeanor charge by whom?
Hearing peers, of course.
Basically, Doug was accused of physically assaulting the police officer (Rubbish, I don’t believe that!) which resulted in being roughened up including maced in his face. And left him in the cell for several days, denied him the opportunity to get in touch with his loved ones. It was bad enough that his wife actually thought Doug was abducted, missing or whatever.
When words got out that the local cops mistreated and mishandled Doug Bahl, the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office were quick to put the blame on Doug Bahl, implicating that he was responsible for his “fucked-up” actions.
Both departments, realizing the wrath of the press’ eyes upon them, conveniently improved the system in handling with Deaf people should it happen again in the future.
Of course, Doug Bahl wanted monetary compensation for emotional duress that was inflicted upon him and his family. City Attorney John Choi was able to say that it was Bahl’s fault all along. Oh, please.
Now Sheriff Bob Fletcher said that Doug Bahl wanted only money. So what?
Suing millions of dollars out of these departments would send a message that violating the rights of Deaf individuals are not to be tolerated. At all.
But Doug Bahl is suing for only $50,000?
C’mon, Doug Bahl, are you crazy? You should ask for a cool $10 million in the lawsuit!
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