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Deaf Woman Wins Settlement From NYPD

In Manhattan New York, a Deaf woman named Opal Gordon has won a settlement from a lawsuit that she filed against the New York Police Department for failing to provide an ASL interpreter for her while she was under arrest.


On September 21st, 2015, Gordon was in court for a custody proceeding regarding her daughter. Her daughter was arrested for violating an order of protection.


A few months later, on December 11th, Gordon filed a lawsuit against the department. In the lawsuit, she said that she was not given her Miranda Rights. In addition, Gordon was denied an interpreter for 21 hours while she was in custody despite multiple requests for one.


On January 17th, a settlement for $100,000 was filed in Gordon’s favor.


In 2009, the NYPD signed a document with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve its treatment of deaf people. This included special training for officers and providing interpreters at any time during the day.


Some members of the Deaf community, and their advocates, feel that this department has failed to uphold that agreement.



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