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Cop Tases Deaf Teenager And Loses His Cochlear Implant | Rikki Poynter


Hello and welcome back to the channel. I hope you all are doing well. So, this morning
I was coming back from the gym to the news and found out that a deaf teenager,
who is 19 years old, lost his cochlear implant
because a deputy tased him. (SIGHS) So, I wanted to read about it
and react to it. This isn’t really a huge story. I’ve only found two articles on it
and they seem to be fairly short. But, without further ado. Oh, but, if you have not yet,
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that’s posted on Facebook from CBS 42. ‘Teen loses cochlear implant
after being tased.’ You know what my favourite thing
about news articles about deaf people is? About half the time
they don’t come captioned. You know, when they post the videos
that go along with it, half the time it’s not captioned. So, this happened in LaFollette, Tennessee. “A deaf teenager tased by a sheriff’s deputy because he couldn’t hear
the officer’s command to stop.” It’s missing like, a word. “A deaf teenager was tased
by a sheriff’s deputy.” You need an extra word in there. It sounds like an incomplete sentence. Anyways, that’s not the point. “To make matters worse,” OK, who wrote this? Who edited this? “To make matters worse, when he fell,
his expensive cochlear implant was lost. The teen was released when they realised
there had been a mistake. The young Campbell County man
wears a cochlear implant. It’s a complex electronic device
that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf
or severely hard of hearing.” I do like that they seem to be doing really well
with explaining what it is, that it can help but doesn’t necessarily
make it a cure or anything like that. I can appreciate that.
Thank you. “His device wasn’t working 11 days ago, following an unfortunate incident
in which the young man couldn’t communicate with sheriff’s deputies who were responding to
an emergency call in LaFollette.” That’s not good,
that’s never, that’s never good. “19-year-old Brett Elkins is deaf and he is a graduate
of the Tennessee School for the Deaf. His mother showed us
where Brett’s cochlear implant was located. The surgical scar is behind his right ear, about the size of a quarter. But you don’t see the device, that’s because it was lost
when Elkins was tased and fell to the ground incapacitated on October 11. Elkins had gone to a friend’s house
to use their phone to have his mother pick him up. As he was leaving the house he didn’t know that Campbell County deputies had been called there for a domestic dispute
between Brett’s friends.” You don’t have a cell phone? Why is he using their phone,
does he not have a cell phone? Somebody get this kid a cell phone. “Jamie Wilhoit, Elkins’ mother,
saying, ‘He was walking. He felt a shock, his arms fell beside him
and he fell over. He assumed it was his cochlear,
that it had malfunctioned, that was the first thing he thought. He was scared and crying. His cochlear implant had died, the batteries weren’t working, it wasn’t charged.'” I feel like my friend Amanda
who has a cochlear implant talked about a similar feeling in her book. I’m just trying to imagine… I mean, I’ve never been tased. So, I wonder if there’s a difference in feeling. So, like, if a hearing person who, obviously,
does not have a cochlear implant, if they were tased, would it be less so than if somebody
who is deaf and had a cochlear implant? Would it be worse for the latter? ‘Cause you know when you go through
TSA at the airport and you have a cochlear implant, you have to go somewhere else or something to, you know,
get patted down or whatever, I think, because you can’t
go through the X-rays. At least, that’s what the sign
that I always see outside the machine says. Am I just talking out of my behind here?
I have no idea. I’m just…
I’m asking, I’m wanting to learn. I don’t know how this works. “Elkins’ implant was new,
it came from TennCare. He said somehow it fell off
after being tased.” The fact that it’s also brand new
has to really, really hurt. I mean, those things are expensive. And even if you had it for a while,
that would still hurt, but when something is brand, brand new. Oh, gosh. And if he’s just got it, and it’s going to take him a while
to go through speech therapy or whatever it is that you have to go through to get used to it and learn how to use it. Now, you pretty much have to go through the whole process all over again, I think. “He and his mother went back to look for it
but it hasn’t been found. We received a copy of the sheriff’s report,
and deputies didn’t know Brett was deaf when he failed to respond
to their commands.” Well, if somebody failed
to respond to your commands, what do you think that possibly might mean? How did it not get into anyone’s head,
when somebody isn’t responding, maybe, they couldn’t hear me? “It states he was released once determined he had nothing to do with
the domestic disturbance. Deputies also called an ambulance
to check him out, however, there was no reference
to the implant. Connie Hull, Elkins’ grandmother, saying, “He got the cochlear three years ago,
it was $8,000, they don’t just hand those out left and right.” Brett showed us his back
where several prongs from the taser gun left welts after suffering a five-second shock.” Ouch. “His mother telling us
Elkins would like an apology and for them to replace his cochlear implant. A ranking officer from
the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office called Elkins’ mother and said, “Sheriff Goins has talked to with our…” Who is writing this? What is this writing? What is this writing? Is it just me or does not make much sense? Or it just sounds wrong? “A ranking officer from
the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office called Elkins’ mother and said, ‘Sheriff Goins has talked to
with our insurance provider and they are willing to pay
for Brett’s implant.”‘ Yeah, you better. “Elkins and his mother were overwhelmed. ‘Wow! Oh my God,
oh, they cared, they cared.’ It will take a few weeks before
Elkins’ fitted with a new cochlear device. Sheriff Robbie Goins telling us
that domestic violence calls are the most danger his deputies face, and they have to make
split second judgement calls with the information they have
during a situation. He also said his deputies acted reasonably
under the circumstances when they first confronted Elkins. Sheriff Goins is pleased to learn that Elkins and his family are happy
with the resolution.” OK. If the boy was coming at them with a gun, with a knife. OK, I could get that,
because he’s actually coming toward you, armed, with the intent
of attempting to hurt you. But if the guy is walking away. Calmly, might I add. He wasn’t running off,
like he thought he was in trouble or trying to run from the cops,
he was just walking home, minding his own business, and you tased him
because you thought your life was in danger. (confused ding noise) Why has nobody learned from past instances where cops would shoot, tase, whatever,
deaf people and then it made… breaking news, national news, and then it, this… So, a few years ago,
I made a whole video just about police brutality
against deaf people and I’ll link it in a card
or down below or both. This has to stop happening. Like OK, I hear, or I read,
your point about needing to make decisions when you think that your life is in danger. So, if somebody were coming at me, little civilian me, yeah, I would probably be doing something because I’m scared
that somebody’s going to try to kill me. But when a 19-year-old kid
is just minding his own business, walking away in a calm manner, just like if he was walking
out of the grocery store to get to his car. How do you think that your life is in danger? How did you need to make
a split-second decision? How many times do people have to say, if somebody isn’t responding to you they probably are not hearing you, until somebody gets it. You know, every once in a while, especially since the murder of Daniel Harris
here in Charlotte. People would bring up police training and how deaf people were getting involved
in the whole police training thing. But, I’m wondering, yeah, people say, police need training,
let’s get training, and then police do training. But how many people
are actually leaving the training and keeping that in their head? I 100% agree that police need training when confronting people who are deaf and yeah, of course, you’re not going to know
if somebody is deaf just by looking at them, unless you’re wearing
a “Do I Look Deaf Now” T-shirt. But why is it now, in this day and age, that people are just not thinking, “Wait, this person must not
be able to hear me?” I feel like people think this more when they’re just having
regular casual conversations with their parents,
with family members, with friends, but then when it comes to
a cop versus deaf person, like all of that just flies out the window. I’m very glad that this kid wasn’t hurt other than the pain that he got from the tase. I’m glad that they were able to get
a replacement for the cochlear implant because, hell yes, they definitely
should have paid for a new one. And I don’t know if this kid
has to pay extra to get it refitted and if he has to go through
and get more speech therapy or whatever it is
after you get a cochlear implant, should they have to do all that
all over again and pay more for it, I hope they cover that. Police departments, please do better, please. Alright, so, that’s my take on the situation. Let me know what your thoughts are
down below. If you would like to help translate this video, I’ll have a translation link down below
in the description box. Always super helpful. Thank you for taking your time
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