Deaf Man Arrested for Calling Police Officer ‘Pig’ in Sign Language

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
March 30, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Don’t think you can get away with insulting a police officer with sign language. But a deaf man in the U.K. did exactly that, a court has heard.

Linley Hassan, 25, was arrested after he called an officer  “pig” in sign language, according to the Metro.

Peter Kelly, a prosecutor, said, “He was making a sign that the officer, who understood sign language, knew to mean ‘pig.'”

Pigs roam around in the filth and garbage near Kanega slum of Gurgaon city in Delhi on Jan. 15, 2015. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)
Pigs roam around in the filth and garbage near Kanega slum of Gurgaon city in Delhi on Jan. 15, 2015. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

The incident went down at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kendal, Cumbria.

The man became “confrontational” after officers arrived, as he was “causing difficulties,” said prosecutors.

A defense lawyer said that “Hassan had had a volatile existence of late and had been going to great lengths to reduce his alcohol intake,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

Hassan pleaded guilty on charges for being drunk and disorderly.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.