Punish Cop Accused of Shooting and Killing Deaf Man

Target: Bo Mathews, Oklahoma City Police Captain

Goal: Fire officer who reportedly fatally shot a deaf man who was “ignoring commands.”

Despite half a dozen neighbors shouting, “He can’t hear you,” two officers reportedly opened fire on a deaf man as he approached them, and killed him. The man—Magdiel Sanchez, 35—was non-verbal. He was holding a metal pipe at the time he was killed, which neighbors say he used along with his hands to communicate, and to protect against stray dogs near his home. The officers, who were investigating a hit and run, reportedly felt threatened and fired at the same time. One officer fired a Taser; the other fired his handgun, and killed Sanchez.

The shooting is currently being investigated by city homicide detectives. Neither officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting. Lt. Matthew Lindsey, who fired his Taser, remains on active duty, while the officer who shot his gun, Sgt. Christopher Barnes, is on administrative leave pending investigation. Police Captain Bo Mathews attempted to explain why the officers seemed to ignore the many bystanders shouting that Sanchez was deaf by stating, “In those situations, very volatile situations, you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision.” However, this is supposed to be exactly the type of situation that police officers train for. The victim had no known criminal history, and though he was holding a heavy blunt object, he was not being violent. Sign below to demand that this officer be held accountable for reportedly killing an innocent man.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Captain Mathews,

The fatal shooting of Magdiel Sanchez was a tragedy that should not have occurred, and the Oklahoma City Police Department must hold the officer reportedly responsible for the killing accountable. Officers are sworn to protect and serve, and should be trained to deal with situations that may appear threatening in non- violent and non-lethal ways.

Sanchez was an innocent man, and half a dozen bystanders were trying to communicate to the officers that he was deaf and non-verbal, and therefore unable to understand or obey the officers’ commands. An innocent man’s life was ended, and the officer whose irresponsible actions reportedly caused this must take responsibility. I urge you to fire the officer who reportedly shot and killed Magdiel Sanchez.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Oklahoma City Police Department

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6 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop deaf holocaust now. thats no fair to deaf people who need to speak up.

  2. IF THESE COPS ARE SO AFRAID OF A DEAF MAN HOLDING A METAL PIPE WHO WAS NOT THREATENING THEM IN ANY WAY THEY SHOULD NOT BE COPS AND NOT ALLOWED ON THE STREETS WITH GUNS AND SHOOT INNOCENT PEOPLE, METAL PIPES DO NOT SHOOT BULLETS, SO WHY DID THESE COPS SHOOT AND KILL AN INNOCENT DEAF MAN WHEN ALL THE NEIGHBOURS WERE TELLING THESE COPS HE WAS DEAF, IF THESE COPS WERE TO AFRAID TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS MAN WAS NOT GOING TO HURT THEM THEN THEY HAVE NO RIGHTO BEING COPS, THEY CANNOT SHOOT EVERY ONE WHO HAS A METAL PIPE OR SOMETHING THAT LIKE THAT IN THEIR HAND, THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIA, THE POLICE IN AUSTRALIA DONT SHOOT FIRST AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER, FIRE THESE COPS NOW AND MAKE THEM PAY COMPENSTION TO THE FAMILY OF THIS POORE INNOCENT DEAF MAN.

  3. IF THESE COPS ARE SO AFRAID OF A DEAF MAN HOLDING A METAL PIPE WHO WAS NOT THREATENING THEM IN ANY WAY THEY SHOULD NOT BE COPS AND NOT ALLOWED ON THE STREETS WITH GUNS AND SHOOT INNOCENT PEOPLE, METAL PIPES DO NOT SHOOT BULLETS, SO WHY DID THESE COPS SHOOT AND KILL AN INNOCENT DEAF MAN WHEN ALL THE NEIGHBOURS WERE TELLING THESE COPS HE WAS DEAF, IF THESE COPS WERE TO AFRAID TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS MAN WAS NOT GOING TO HURT THEM THEN THEY HAVE NO RIGHTO BEING COPS, THEY CANNOT SHOOT EVERY ONE WHO HAS A METAL PIPE OR SOMETHING THAT LIKE THAT IN THEIR HAND, THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN AUSTRALIA, THE POLICE IN AUSTRALIA DONT SHOOT FIRST AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER, FIRE THESE COPS NOW AND MAKE THEM PAY COMPENSTION TO THE FAMILY OF THIS POORE INNOCENT DEAF MAN.

  4. LOCK HIM UP!

  5. Total moral incompetence and a lack of common sense. Perhaps we should pull these officer’s teeth by taking their guns away from them, since they are too irresponsible to carry one.

  6. adriana rojas says:

    They took an innocent man’s life for no reason. Where are all these stupid cops coming from? They need to be fired.

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