Deaf community outraged over Hurricane Irma interpreter

Friday, September 15, 2017 08:23AM
Deaf community outraged over interpreter


BRADENTON, Florida - The deaf community is demanding an apology after officials in Florida used an interpreter who did not know what he was doing.

The video of the press conference in Manatee County is going viral.

The interpreter started signing words like "pizza, monster and bear" during an evacuation order for Hurricane Irma.

The government reportedly used a county lifeguard whose brother is deaf, and critics said they should have used a certified interpreter instead.

The interpreter's family said he was asked by his bosses to step in and help during a crucial time.

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