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Deaf-rights activists, others, seek justice for slain deaf man

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Chris Haulmark is an Olathe, Kansas-based deaf-rights activist and congressional candidate. He participated in Sunday's march in memory of Magdiel Sanchez, shot and killed by an OKC cop in September.
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Sunday protest march highlighted concerns activists have over indifference toward the deaf, minority communities in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY – It was clear, Sunday afternoon, that the gathering of activists outside Oklahoma City’s city hall building were upset over the death of deaf Oklahoma City resident Magdiel Sanchez at the hands of local police when an officer shot and killed Sanchez in his yard back in September.

Looking for justice for Magdiel Sanchez. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

So, this solid group, a mixture of deaf activists, Native American activists and Hispanic activists, along with justice-minded individuals from all walks of life said Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater’s decision not to file charges against the police officer sends a signal that the concerns of the local deaf community will not be considered and that the DA and others within the local law enforcement community are dismissive of them entirely, refusing to even meet with them.

Native American activists spoke to the media and marched at Sunday's protest. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Red Dirt Report spoke with people like Deaf Grassroots Movement United of Oklahoma’s Donna Fine and Kansas congressional candidate Chris Haulmark, of Olathe, Kansas, who echoed the same sentiment, that the community deserves answers as to why the officer was not criminally charged for shooting and killing Sanchez and what is being done to further train police officers to better deal with folks within Oklahoma City’s deaf community.

The 100-plus marchers began the protest march at city hall and concluded in front of the Oklahoma City Police Department a few blocks away.

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