The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is in the middle of doing some serious damage control. A man named Pearl Pearson was beaten by the highway patrol after they claim he fled a scene of a car accident.
The police claim Pearson was resisting arrest when they caught up to him because Pearson refused to show his hands despite the police demanding him to do so. (It should also be noted the police say they didn’t know the man was deaf.) As a result of Pearson not showing his hands, an altercation happened that lasted seven minutes.
Pearl Pearson’s attorney, Billy Coyle, has a different version of events. Coyle stated, “My client is completely innocent of these allegations. We are waiting on the OHP report and we are sorting through the facts of the case. My client is profoundly deaf and was trying to give officers his specialty license during the stop.”
Coyle went on to say Pearson was severely beaten at the scene, the hospital, and jail.