03 May '11, 3am

NY Man Stabbed After Woman Mistakes His Sign Language For Gang Signs

NY Man Stabbed After Woman Mistakes His Sign Language For Gang Signs

A group of friends who are deaf and use sign language to communicate were stabbed in a Florida bar after a woman thought their signing was gang signs. Talk about jumping to conclusions. The New York Daily News reports that, on Saturday night, 31-year-old Alfred Stewart was with friends who are also deaf at the Ocean's Eleven Lounge in Hallendale Beach, Florida, to celebrate a friend's birthday. 45-year-old Barbara Lee thought they were "throwing gang signs at her, and responded by flashing gang signs back at them," after which Stewart and his friends "motioned for her to leave them alone. Lee then left the bar and returned with 19-year-old Marco Ibanez and a 17-year-old who was not identified. Ibanez pulled a knife on Stewart and his friends. Says Brenda Stewart, who was injured while trying to help her son and his friends, on WSVN : "They all were doing hand signs, and it...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/ny-man-stab...

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