North Carolina Trooper Fatally Shoots Deaf Man After Traffic Stop | NBC Connecticut
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

North Carolina Trooper Fatally Shoots Deaf Man After Traffic Stop

A witness criticized the trooper's actions

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    WCNC
    Daniel Harris

    A North Carolina state trooper killed a deaf man after an attempted traffic stop, authorities and neighbors said Monday.

    State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Kevin Harris on Thursday after what North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described in a statement as "an encounter."

    "An encounter took place between the driver and the trooper causing a shot to be fired," the statement reads. The driver died at the scene, the statement added, and the trooper was placed on administrative leave.

    But a neighbor of Harris', Mark Barringer, who witnessed part of the confrontation, criticized the trooper's actions.

    NC Santa Fired for Fat-Shaming Boy

    [NATL] Santa Fat-Shames Boy, Gets Fired, in North Carolina
    A North Carolina Santa Claus is on the naughty list and out of a job after he was accused of fat-shaming a little boy. The 9-year-old boys mother says that as he hopped down from Santa's lap in Forest City over the weekend, Santa told him to lay off the hamburgers and French fries, turning Christmas cheer into Christmas tears. (Published 5 hours ago)

    "You're pulling someone over who is deaf," Barringer told NBC affiliate WCNC. "They are handicapped." 

    Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, said in a statement to NBC News that "there have been too many incidents with tragic consequences between law enforcement officers and deaf people."