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WorldWoman arrested after faking sign language to become interpreter for US police

Woman arrested after faking sign language to become interpreter for US police

Published: 23rd Sep 2021 12:48 am

Hyderabad: A woman who acted as a sign language interpreter at a Florida news conference regarding the arrest of a suspected serial killer was arrested by the police department.

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The authorities said the women identified as Derlyn Roberts, who appeared to be interpreting the Tampa Police Department Chief Brian Dugan, was really signing complete gibberish during a press gathering to announce 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III in connection with four shooting deaths in Seminole Heights was in custody

The police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor, speaking to InsideEdition.com on Monday said “She showed up and presented herself as being here to provide interpreter services,” and added that because the press conference was put together so quickly, the department didn’t have time to get an interpreter.

Windy Rossi, a Texas sign language interpreter said the woman’s finger movements didn’t mean anything and hence, the deaf community was being left out of important information in their community.

Another sign language expert said “She waved her arms around like she was singing ‘Jingle Bells’”.

McGregor informed that the authorities are looking into it to know how she found out about it or if someone hired her to come to the conference.

She also assured that the department will only use interpreters from their contractor to avoid this issue in the future.


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