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Sign Language Taken for Gang Signals Leads to Attack of Hearing Impaired Men

Two hearing impaired South Florida men are recovering from stab wounds after an attack police say was prompted when their sign language was mistaken as gang signs.

Two hearing impaired South Florida men are recovering from stab wounds after an attack police say was prompted when their sign language was mistaken as gang signs.

Court records show that 45-year-old Barbara Lee and 19-year-old Marco Ibanez are facing aggravated battery charges in the Saturday night incident at a Hallandale Beach bar. Both were jailed Monday in lieu of bail and records did not show an attorney for either of them.

Police say the men were using sign language to communicate when Lee allegedly confronted them with complaints they were flashing gang signs. Police say Lee left and returned with Ibanez and a juvenile, resulting in an attack that injured the two hearing impaired men, a bystander and a bar bouncer. None of the wounds were life-threatening.

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