Affiliate KFOR reports that an affidavit indicates Pearson resisted two troopers and didn't comply with multiple orders to show his hands after they had pulled him over on January 3. A seven-minute physical altercation ensued. Pearson alleges he was hit in the face before he could show his ID. The affidavit does not mention if the officers knew Pearson couldn't hear them. Pearson was arrested and later charged for leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest.
Pearson's neighbor, Sacia Law, said she knows him to be a kind man and said that what happened to him was the result of a misunderstanding."