Brady Mistic Biography – Wiki
Brady Mistic is a deaf man who communicates with sign language and accused two Idaho Springs, Colorado police officers of knocking him to the ground in 2019 during an arrest after he allegedly ran a stop sign and later failed to understand his commands.
In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against officers and the City of Idaho Springs, Brady Mistic said officers “attacked rashly after failing to acknowledge his disability and misinterpreting his non-threatening attempts to view and communicate as challenges to authority. police “.
Brady Mistic is 26-years-old.
Charged & Arrested
Brady Mistic spent about four months in jail after his encounter with the police. On Sept. 17, Mistic allegedly ran a stop sign and then stopped at a laundromat to wash his clothes when officers stopped and “lit up his eyes,” the suit says.
Mistic alleges that he stopped, “attempted to communicate with his hands and then raised his hands in a non-threatening manner.”
Mistic alleges that they then “threw him to the ground” and beat him repeatedly “despite the fact that he said ‘no ears’ to communicate that he was deaf,” the lawsuit alleges.
Mistic’s attorney, Raymond Bryant, tells PEOPLE that the officers made “no reasonable attempt to communicate” with Mistic.
“If the officers had stopped, looked and listened, and tried some reasonable communication, they would have known immediately that he was deaf,” says Bryant. “They just got mad when they saw him get out of his car. Instead of trying to ask, ‘Why is this person out of the car? Could there be any reason? Could there be something this person doesn’t understand, is he disabled or not? ‘”
In response to the civil lawsuit, the City of Idaho Springs defended the officers’ actions, claiming that Mistic got out of his car and approached the patrol.
“Officers gave verbal orders to Mr. Mistic to return to his vehicle,” according to the city statement.
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“It was later determined that Mr. Mistic was deaf, but the officers were unaware of this fact during the initial encounter.”
The city alleged that Mistic “resisted the officers and a physical altercation ensued. One of the ISPD officers was injured (broken leg) due to the resistance actions of Mr. Mistic,” states the city’s response.
Mistic was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, and assaulting a lifeguard, and spent nearly four months in jail. The Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners, which maintains the jail, is also a defendant in the lawsuit.
“It was terrible,” says Bryant. “He did not have an interpreter in jail. He was denied [an interpreter] several times. They did not have technology in jail that would allow a deaf person to communicate with people inside or outside of jail. He felt isolated and alone.”
The Board of Commissioners could not be reached for comment.
The city said the incident was reviewed by former chief Christian Malanka and that “the officers’ actions were deemed appropriate,” the statement read.
According to the city, Mistic participated in a diversion program and the charges against him were dropped.
CBS Denver reported that one of the officers involved in the Mistic incident was fired in July 2021 after he was allegedly accused of violently arresting a 70-year-old man.