Deaf News: American police officer uses ASL to talk 16 year old Deaf girl off bridge

Posted on February 19, 2016

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Extract from ABC News:

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh, North Carolina, police officer used sign language to talk a deaf 16-year-old off of a bridge on Tuesday, according to the officer’s father and witnesses at the scene.

A North Carolina Department of Transportation camera picked up the officer making gestures to the girl on the Rock Quarry Road bridge over Interstate 40. Witnesses tell 8News sister station WNCN they saw the officer communicate with the girl by sign language for about 30 minutes.

“It’s good that he knew sign language, I feel like more people need to learn it,” said witness Sean Day. “It shows that he had a lot of patience and he didn’t let whatever he had on his mind interfere with what was going on.”

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