Thursday, 23 February 2017

Deaf Discrimination Case nets $100,000

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A deaf and speech-impaired woman who sued the NYPD for allegedly denying her a sign-language interpreter while she was jailed overnight has won a $100,000 settlement from the city, the Daily News has learned.

Opal Gordon was arrested on Sept. 21, 2015 while leaving Manhattan Family Court. Cops accused her of violating an order of protection. Gordon, now 54, was at court for a custody proceeding involving her daughter.

The Manhattan resident, who describes herself as “profoundly deaf and speech-impaired,” claimed cops didn’t explain why they collared her — and didn’t provide a sign-language interpreter.

Gordon, who filed a lawsuit against the city on Dec. 11, 2015 over her arrest, also alleged the officers did not read her Miranda rights. After police brought Gordon to the 45th Precinct station house in the Bronx, they kept her there for two hours before taking her to a holding cell in Bronx Central Booking.

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