A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed an unarmed deaf man in Charlotte’s University City area this past Thursday night. 29-year-old Daniel Harris was chased through a neighborhood after not pulling over for a speeding violation.
The official NC Highway Patrol statement reads, “While on Seven Oaks Drive, the driver exited his vehicle and an encounter took place between the driver and the trooper causing a shot to be fired.”
According to early reports from neighbors who witnessed the shooting this past Thursday night, a brief altercation occurred once Harris stopped his car, then was shot and killed “almost immediately” after exiting his vehicle.
Witnesses think he was trying to communicate with the officer via sign language.
Daniel Harris was found guilty of resisting an officer in 2010 when he lived in Connecticut, according to public records, and he was found not guilty of misdemeanor larceny and resisting property recovery according to public records.
Last night a solom vigil was held for Daniel:
Vigil for Daniel Harris, deaf man killed during a traffic stop, is underway. Happening just outside his home. pic.twitter.com/5Wh1d6cMYH
— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) August 23, 2016
The family has also started a fundraiser which has now been shared over 3,000 times all across the world, “Our family is raising funds to cover his memorial and cremation expenses (details pending). Any monies left over will be used to set up a foundation in his name to educate and provide law enforcement proper training on how to confront Deaf people. Subsequently, we hope to change the DMV registration system by requiring states to set up a ‘DEAF’ alert to appear when law enforcement look up a car’s license plate. With this change, Daniel will be a hero in our Deaf community.”