Lawrence, et al. v. Robinson, 12-cv-1423-MSK-BNB
Lawsuit filed on behalf a deaf individual against City of Englewood Police and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office alleging a denial of appropriate auxiliary aids and services, specifically, a denial of sign language interpreters and telecommunications devices. Plaintiff Lawrence also alleges that both Defendants failed to take appropriate steps to ensure appropriate auxiliary aids and services are provided to any deaf person because of a lack of policies, practices and procedures. The complaint was filed as a class action on May 31, 2012.
On October 25, 2012, Plaintiffs moved to add Teresa Fekany as a plaintiff. Ms. Fekany alleges that on several occasions Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputies came to her home and interviewed her as a potential victim, potential suspect and as a witness to a robbery. She alleges the deputies neither offered nor provided a sign language interpreter.
This is inconsistent with the Department of Justice Guidance for Law Enforcement Officers.
On December 12, 2012, the Court stayed all proceedings in this case. The parties have been negotiating a settlement.
With the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, settlements were reached in each case. They are posted below.