The person in involved in this responded to the officers commands with no I am deaf. Not no I can't hear or understand what you were saying.
She is using her partial deafness as an excuse not to do something she doesn't want to. She was facing away and answered.
Just like some use race as an excuse some used disabilities as one for that is the reason you are picking on me because I am what ever.
This isn't a comment on the use of force that is another matter.
Over the years on the job I have come into contact with hard of hearing and deaf people received training on communicating with them. Oh one stop I had to write all of it the why and what is going to happen.
I had one person reused to communicate other then mouthing I am deaf. I asked in writing if she needed a sigh language interrupter she shook her head yes.
When she learned it would take a hour and half to get one to response to the scene she decided she couldn't wait that long and we wrote what was needed..
Almost the same I had a Quebecer say she couldn't speak English. When I told her boss over the phone that she was going to jail, then after talking to her boss she could speak and understand English very well.
Some people well and do use any reason and excuse.