“The deaf community is being dismissed,” Activists seek justice for Magdiel Sanchez

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Activists gathered Sunday afternoon at City Hall for a rally to show support for their fallen friend, Magdiel Sanchez. Deaf, Hispanic and Native American groups made their feelings known about his controversial death.

Sanchez was killed back in September when Oklahoma City police, responding to a hit-and-run car crash, shot and killed the deaf man as he approached them on his front yard.

Earlier this month, District Attorney David Prater announced the officers would not face criminal charges in the death of Sanchez. Deaf leaders said they have been calling for a meeting with the DA ever since.

Donna Fine is with the Deaf Grassroots Movement United of Oklahoma.

"They should have pressed charges against him, against the police officer who shot him," Fine said. "We want to know his response. We want to know why he dismissed charges against that police officer. We want to know answers, and there has been no answers. They just dismissed charges and said that was it. Is that justice? I don’t think so."

The story has captured regional and national attention.

Chris Haulmark is running for Congress in Kansas. He is also an activist for deaf rights and attended the rally.

"I believe that there can be a lot more training with law enforcement as well as the district attorney," Haulmark said. "Obviously, the deaf community is being dismissed and devalued in this situation, and it’s a national issue."

Prater has told News 4 no one has contacted him about a meeting.


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