Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink

Citation

Orozco, et al. v. Mink, 10-cv-1934-DME-BNB

Issues

Lakewood Police Department failed to provide effective communication on two occasions when arresting Plaintiff Anna Orozco. During the arrest and interrogation, Ms. Orozco was never provided a sign language interpreter. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (“JCSO”) operates the detention facility where Plaintiffs were detained. JCSO has never provided appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including sign language interpreters, to any deaf detainee. JCSO never had any policies or provided any training to its deputies, mental health counselors, medical staff or anyone else regarding providing effective communication to deaf detainees. After the case progressed, a second deaf individual who also was denied interpreters during his arrest and detainment joined the case as a plaintiff. Plaintiffs reached a settlement agreement with the City of Lakewood, and its Police Department. The settlement requires the Police Department to adopt and implement the Department of Justice’s Model Policy for Law Enforcement on Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. See http://www.ada.gov/lawenfmodpolicy.pdf. The City of Lakewood will also pay $30,000 to resolve damages and attorneys’ fees claims. The case continues against JCSO. The court granted Plaintiffs’ motion to add a second deaf detainee who was not provided with appropriate auxiliary aids and services. AddToAny Share button

Status

Plaintiffs reached a settlement agreement with the City of Lakewood, and its Police Department. The settlement requires the Police Department to adopt and implement the Department of Justice’s Model Policy for Law Enforcement on Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. See http://www.ada.gov/lawenfmodpolicy.pdf. The City of Lakewood will also pay $30,000 to resolve damages and attorneys’ fees claims.

Plaintiffs reached a settlement with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department regarding deaf inmates at the Jefferson County Detention Facility (“JCDF”). Among other requirements, the Sheriff must offer and provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters to deaf inmates who need them. It requires payment of damages to Plaintiffs Anna Orozco and Leonid Rabinkov and payment of damages, fees and costs to CCDC.

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