Deaf Man Stabbed Multiple Times After His Sign Language Is Mistaken for Gang Signs

Daily Mail (London), January 12, 2013

Police in North Carolina say a deaf man was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs by another man.

Burlington Police Sgt. Mark Yancey said 45-year-old Terrance Ervin Daniels was using sign language with another deaf man.

He said a third person saw them, thought they were flashing gang signs and stabbed Daniels with a kitchen knife.

A neighbor saw the victim and called emergency personnel.

Daniels is in stable condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after Wednesday’s incident.

Police arrested 22-year Robert Jarell Neal and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony assault on a handicapped person.

Robert Neal

Robert Neal

Cathy Sanford of Maple Ave. said she was in her home when she heard her dog barking.

When she looked in the backyard she saw a man later identified as Neal running though it just minutes after the stabbing reportedly took place.

Sanford reported the incident to police after Neal returned and threatened her 12-year-old granddaughter.

Officers found Neal in Elon where he was taken into custody without incident.

He’s being held in the Alamance County jail on a $500,000 secure bond.

It’s not known if Neal has an attorney.

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  • JackKrak

    That’s it – now I’m convinced that there’s nothing too stupid, too depraved, too mind-bogglingly idiotic for our brave new world of diversity.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Wait until they kill a blind man for “looking” at them.

      • The__Bobster

        They’ve already killed strangers for wearing the wrong colors.

    • guest

      All we ever hear is that diversity is our greatest strength, but when it comes to diversity, all we ever hear about it are horror stories like this one. Where does this “greatest strength” lie in this diversity? Unfortunately, those who enforce this will never give an objective, meaningful, and honest answer to that question.

  • Tim

    There used to be a time that a guy who was 45 could expect the wave of 22 year old trouble to roll right over him. Kind of like how middle aged men are invisible to teen age girls. Now that`s no longer the case with serious ramifications for both sides. I myself, learned early on never to mess with someone older that might be more tired, or broke or ill or just ready to explode than I was…

    • Ron

      I have had the complete opposite experience. Any time I have ever gotten into any type of altercation or confrontation with an older man 9 times out of 10 they started it for some stupid reason. Usually because they are drunk. Hasn’t happened for a few years now but trust me it isn’t just folks my age out looking for trouble.

      • Tim

        Then I would forgive them their age and just blow it off while chalking it up to respecting your elders whether or not they deserve it…And doesn`t that prove my point to begin with? Not to mess with older folks as they are “more tired, more angry and have less to lose etc…”

        • Ron

          I’m not sure about you, but when someone gets in my face for no reason it is difficult to just “blow it off” especially if they physically attack you. Not the way I was raised haha.

          • Tim

            I was a professional night club bouncer for 25 years. I guess I just got enough of that at work which made it REAL easy to walk away when I wasn`t.

  • pcmustgo

    he looks half white, mulatto

    • StillModerated

      It might be a octaroon! As such it may also be the brains of the operation.

      • Ron

        If this guy is the brains of the operation I would hate to see the other guys…

    • Luca

      If Obama had a son, he might look like Neal.

  • Ulick

    Yeah, because that middle-aged white guy who was stabbed totally looks like a gang member. (See original article)

    • ncpride

      No kidding. That, and you’d have to be half retarded to confuse sign language with gang signs, especially when two deaf people are talking. And they used to call deaf folk deaf and dumb. Pfft….

  • ArmenianWN

    Surprising that Neal isn’t Black

    • ZB

      He could be Armenian from the looks of him….

      • ArmenianWN

        unfortunately, yes.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    If you have tattoos on your neck, you are a thug.

    • Tim

      “The fact you`re wearing a tattoo speaks louder than anything it says.”- Mom 1973….. And if she were still around she`d probably say that goes double for neck tattoos…

      • Skincognito

        Actions speak louder than skin pictures, fellas. My CV and beautiful Nordic family may contradict some of your assumptions. Let’s keep it racially real, and not inadvertently stigmatize White subcultures that are villainized by the media in a manner not entirely different from their treatment of “respectable” heretics like Mr. Taylor.
        We must, indeed, all hang together or . . .

        • Tim

          I have posted what my mother thought were the negatives about wearing a tattoo. I have no experience with them. Would some one write in and tell why they got one, what benefits or personal satisfaction they get from one and how old they are… Thanks! tim

          • Some Guy

            42, it was the “cool” thing to due and I regret it every day.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          Tattoos are self mutilation. Self mutilation is done because of subconscious self hatred. Some people who self mutilate their bodies are generally nice people who don’t hate or hurt others. They mark themselves because they lack a sense of self. The biggest users of tattoos are people who are in gangs, prison, or in the military. These are places where the mind is broken. (not all people in the military have tattoos, so not all of them have broken minds). Something I find very odd is that tattoos are very common in very diverse societies (cities), but are not common in areas where everyone is the same. People who are in groups that are all the same (whites etc) have a strong sense of individuality, but in areas where everyone is different there is a weak sense of individuality. These are some of the fascinating aspects of psychology that I have been studying. People with tattoos hate what I say, but hating what I say or me, doesn’t make me wrong. It is like hating me/us for saying certain groups are dumb, useless and hopeless.

          P.S. I grew up in white trash s**tholeville. Some of the kids in my neighborhood ODed on heroin, got murdered for drugs, or went to jail for murder and drugs. Even in this crappy environment I never wanted a tattoo. The only time I ever considered a tattoo was when I was stuck in the Army surrounded be blacks and bullied every day. I was severally depressed and tried drinking alcohol to feel something. At that time I also wanted a tattoo, but decided against it. I would rather go AWOL.

      • Ron

        I have several tattoos. I shave my head too. Guess I must be a useless scumbag huh? Would you rather have me next door or some young black guy who would eventually break into your house and steal your stuff?

        • Tim

          I don`t believe I called any one a “scumbag” Ron.. Did I?!? I merely said, that my mother thought that tattoos were foolish in that they had a lower working class and/or criminal cache and why would anyone adopt that look much less put it out front and center. It was more a comment on the times and how they`ve changed. And I`ve had lots of different neighbors, of many different “stripes”…the imporant thing is that they don`t ask to borrow money, keep their yard mowed and drink out of sight. As for direct action, good on you!! I`m thinking of how to move in that direction soon myself. take care and have a great day. P.S. I wasn`t born on the wrong side of the tracks, I walked across!!…

          • Ron

            Hey you missed the second comment. Like I said I wasn’t trying to call you out on your statement or anything like that. We are all friends here. I think sometimes we just come under attack for our views so much that we are always on the defensive even with each other.

          • Ron

            I have had some time to think about a way to better articulate my point to you. Our numbers are fairly small, we shouldn’t look down on one another or count one another out simply because of trivial little things. We should stick together and ignore our minor differences. We all have the same general goal here I believe.

          • Tim

            Amen to that neighbor. Come on over waving that tattoo…

        • ncpride

          There is an Assistant Principal at my son’s middle school who is a White fella, stands well over six feet, shaves his head and has a goatee, with tattoos that cover his forearms. He always dresses in slacks and tie of course, but if you were to see this guy on the street in jeans and tee shirt, you would never guess he has a masters degree in education and is a school principal. He looks rather intimidating, but according to my son, he is one of their favorites and the coolest guy there. No doubt, looks can be deceiving.

      • Ron

        I realize it looks like I am calling you out or something, not so. I am just trying to make a point here. Not all of us come from rich or upper-middle class backgrounds. People like me I would say make more of an impact than a lot of others, because we are actually in the streets as opposed to armchair quarterbacking it. I have stood up publicly for my views, and I have been attacked for them as well. I do believe that is more than some could say.

    • IstvanIN

      Sadly that isn’t true. I spotted a neck tattoo on the neck of a very good, quickly promoted 20 something, married with a baby, white fella. We just hired his 22 year old sister, bright girl. That fashion has made it to the nicer families.

    • Skincognito

      No comment, officer.

  • a multiracial individual

    Probably 75% European.

  • There was another stabbing; a white deaf man killed by three blacks during a robbery:

  • bigone4u

    Multiracial neighborhoods are dangerous places to be. There were probably 100 stabbings that day across the country in black, Hispanic, and multiracial neighborhoods that did not make the news like this one. The pattern of irrational violence in America is a national disgrace. The POTUS ignores most crimes, but let a crime occur where he can work to disarm whites and he’s all over it.

  • Morris Thecat

    Does anyone realize that this is life imitating art? South Park did an episode where the crippled kids joined gangs and their strange hand movements were taken as gang signs.

  • Morris Thecat

    Hmmmm. I guess the one drop rule is still valid.

  • LHathaway

    Hey, at least the anti-game message is getting threw!

    (sarcasm off)

  • odious liberal

    Negroism at its best.

  • “It’s not known if Neal has an attorney.” Why would he need an attorney? All criminals get in the U.K. is a slap on the wrist anyway. If it were up to me, his eardrums would be removed so that he would have to use sign language for the rest of his life. That would be justice.

    • Ron

      Maybe you could pick up the case pro bono for him eh Ruben?

    • Angry White Woman

      This happened in the state of North Carolina, not in the U.K. Still, anybody who would mistake ASL for gang symbols has got to be some special kind of stupid.

  • shattered

    It’s amazing how often this occurs in gang ridden neighborhoods.

  • Isn’t the first time a deak person got stabbed for using ASL, won’t be the last.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that tattoos on one’s neck, face or anywhere they can not easily be covered is the mark of a scumbag, but they sometimes are, and these will frequently hurt one’s chances at a good job. Only one of my close friends has a tattoo, and that is his old fighter squadron insignia, on his back.

    Stabbing someone because he’s a deaf-mute and one is so pig-ignorant one can’t recognise sign language is the mark of a degree of cretinism so debased that it transcends any simple tattoos. Tattoos on his neck are the very least of Robert Neal’s self-inflicted problems.

  • me

    If the deaf victim was White, this was a bullshit excuse for this groid to get all stabby. Great Britian has banned guns, so the ‘urban youths’ have to resort to using “kitchen knives”. LOL! Funny this groid didn’t use the high-tech weapon of his forefathers–the spear. The insanity never ends…

  • Pecep

    Brains of a very early vegetable.