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Deaf man sues Pct 4 constables and DA's office

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"It's like I'm nothing; it's just that simple," Andy Scofield said.  "I feel like I'm nothing.

All Scofield wanted was to tell his side of the story after a brutal attack in May.

Scofield, a fourth generation deaf person, said he was going for a walk with his three kids and dog when a neighbor brutally attacked him.

Instead of granting Scofield's repeated requests for an interpreter, a precinct 4 deputy constable used the deaf man's 13-year-old son Syrus, who is hard of hearing, to interpret.

"He literally went to Syrus, obtained some information, talked to the hearing individual, and believed their side of the story," Scofield's attorney, Deborah Crain, said.

Scofield knows the Americans with Disability Act gives him the right to request an American sign language interpreter.

He said the district attorney's office also denied his repeated requests for one, leaving him unable to tell his side of the assault.

"My knee jerk reaction is not to immediately file a lawsuit," Crain said.

After our first report aired, Crain, who's also an advocate for the deaf, said she thought if she contacted precinct 4 and the DA's office, federal law would be followed and her client would be given an interpreter.

"We're not talking about a significant burden to the D.A's office even if it wasn't the law," Crain said.

Instead, Crain said precinct 4 told her Scofield would have to pay for the interpreter himself, and the DA's office just ignored her.

Now, she's filed suit against both county agencies. 

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