Hendler Flores Law advocates for members of the deaf community victimized by police
The Deaf Community faces unique challenges when communicating with law enforcement officials and far too often are unfairly victimized. Hendler Flores Law represents several members of this community, including Tyree Talley, Modesto Rodriguez and John Kelley, in cases involving excessive use of force by police.
John Kelley’s story was recently publicized in the Austin American Stateman. In May 2019, John was tased and kicked by San Marcos Police until he blacked out. At the time of the incident, John was having an argument with his wife using American Sign Language, but he was unarmed and not posing a threat to himself or anyone else. His case is a perfect example of the communication issues that can arise for deaf individuals during encounters with police. Hendler Flores Law is representing John in a lawsuit against the San Marcos Police Department. Our goal is to hold police officers accountable for their unjust actions in this case, and ultimately bring about change in the way individuals in the deaf community are treated by law enforcement.
To learn more about John Kelley’s story