Skip to comments.Sign language interpreter delivered gibberish, confusion at Tampa serial killer news conference
Posted on 12/04/2017 12:32:54 PM PST by Strac6
As authorities in Tampa announced the arrest of a suspected serial killer last week, hearing-impaired people tuning into the news conference got quite a different message from an American Sign Language interpreter.
Instead of getting a rundown from Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan on the timeline of the four shootings and what led up to the arrest of 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, interpreter Derlyn Roberts made signs that were gibberish, according to those who watched in confusion.
"She sat up there and waved her arms like she was singing Jingle Bells," Rachell Settambrino, who is deaf and teaches American Sign Language at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times through an interpreter.
Among the things Roberts signed, according to Settambrino, were the following: "Fifty-one hours ago, zero 12 22 (indecipherable) murder three minutes in 14 weeks ago in old (indecipherable) murder four five 55,000 plea 10 arrest murder bush (indecipherable) three age 24."
But Dugan was instead describing how his agency received around 5,000 tips before the 24-year-old's arrest.
Tampa Police Department spokeswoman Janelle McGregor told FOX13 Tampa in a statement officials are conducting an internal review because they didn't request an interpreter for the Nov. 28 news conference, and are trying to figure out "if someone requested that she attend or exactly who sent her to provide services."
The incident is the latest example of an apparently unqualified signer appearing at news conferences. In September, as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and officials announced a mandatory evacuation, an interpreter in nearby Manatee County began signing words like "pizza," ''monster" and "bear," along with other gibberish.
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It's all obvious when you look at the pictures at the link.
One comment at the FOX News site said she be signing in Ebonics.
This has happened before.
I think SNL developed a skit making fun of a previous instance.
"Hello, officer. I am the sign language interpreter for the Police Chief."
"Go right ahead, maam."
“The sheriff is near!”
This something that’s annoyed me for quite a while...and I don’t mean deaf or hearing-impaired persons.
It seems the inclusion of sign interpreters is yet another subtle but unmistakable method of virtue signaling from the Inclusion Police.
It’s one thing to have an interpreter in life or death situations - hurricanes, fires and floods - but closed captioning is already in widespread use at both the point of transmission and receipt, even for real time conversations (eg cable news discussion programs).
Sorry to say it but interpreters are distracting with all the facial histrionics even if such emphasis is part and parcel of ‘inflecting’ sign language.
she appears to be an affirmative action hire.... skill set is secondary to the color of your skin.....
Must be related to the guy in South Africa.
We’ve had so many of them “outted”, would it be easier to just have someone type the TTY or captions?
Automated real-time transcription is a thing nowadays.
Heck, we could easily have automated real-time sign-language animation.
Its a sign of the times.
That’s my point; why have a real live person doing the ASL, when you can have it done as closed captioning?
*Disclaimer - I am not deaf, but am a bit hard of hearing, and I use the CC on my TV all the time. Turning it off just for sporting events (as the words always tend to cover up the action).
I feel much the same way.
Mandela service sign language interpreter failed in 2012 with self-invented gestures
She’s doing it as she would a party trick, the same way Would speak German or Russian to people who don’t know the language...
LOL I was wondering why no one has mentioned or show the pix yet!
Come on, people, post clip of South African fakir for us!
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