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Moment African American firefighter and pastor was cuffed after he waved at cops - who thought he was flipping them off

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM
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Moment African American firefighter and pastor was cuffed after he waved at cops - who thought he was flipping them off

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A photo of police forcing an off-duty firefighter to the ground has gained national attention after it was revealed that the police action was taken after the man waved to the officers.

George Madison Jr., an African American firefighter and youth pastor in Evansville, Indiana was threatened with a taser by police when he committed no crime.

Madison says that he was riding his bike when he saw a police car approaching the same intersection.

Caught on film: A passerby took a picture of a police office telling Madison George Jr to get on the ground after threatening him with a taser

Caught on film: A passerby took a picture of a police office telling Madison George Jr to get on the ground after threatening him with a taser

Through his work on the local fire department, he is familiar with a number of the police officers in Evansville and he thought he recognized one of the men in the car so he waved.

That is not how the police interpreted it, however, as they claim that they thought he was flicking them off.

The officers stopped Madison, and, according to Madison, they were getting confrontational.

He then took out his phone and went to call the police chief, Billy Bolin, who he is friends with. The officers told him to hang up the phone and get on the ground.

When he hesitated before listening to their order, The Courier Press reports that the officer took out his taser.

Serving the public: Madison said that the officer's attitude changed once he revealed that he was a firefighter (pictured in his gear) and youth pastor

Serving the public: Madison said that the officer's attitude changed once he revealed that he was a firefighter (pictured in his gear) and youth pastor

Investigation: The Evansville Police Department is now under an internal investigation

Investigation: The Evansville Police Department is now under an internal investigation

'It was literally maybe inches from my face. I immediately threw my hands in the air. What he asked me to do I was more than willing to do,' Madison told the paper.

'I said "Please don’t hurt me." The next thing I know I’m laying down the ground and they cuffed me.'

The officers only began to back off after they learned that Madison was a firefighter and youth pastor.

'Once they found out I was a fireman their attitude changed,' he said.

Now there is an internal investigation underway within the police department and Madison's friend Chief Bolin is involved.

'I know (Madison), I like him. I know the officers involved, I like the officers involved. So, my job is to try to figure out the truth no matter who you like,' he told local 14 News.

'Just because somebody says something, we can't automatically assume it's the truth. I'm not saying I'm doubting anything that George has said. We have to hear both sides and get to the bottom of it.'



by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM
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2manydiapers
by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:12 PM
Wow, sadly more than likely nothing will happen to the officer's.
mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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And people wonder why the African American community has such deep mistrust in the police. This right here. One of many reasons is shit like this happens all the damn time. 

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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I do not think we are getting all the facts.. I will wait until all the details come out

ms-superwoman
by Silver Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

How do you mix up waving and being flipped off? I mean one is a waving motion and the other one is a finger in the air.

famiglia_bella
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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It's such a scary thing to hear about all these police officers, public servants that risk their lives for public safety, acting in such power tripping ways.  I wish we would hear about the officers that respect their jobs and earn their communities' trust.  Is the screening not what it used to be or is too much put on each individual?  Or could it be that with the technology we have, we see more truth?

Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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Sounds like something that is very likely to happen and even if he did flip him the bird where is there a law that says you can't.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

 I think sometimes it would benefit them to rotate between desk duty and being on the street in high crime areas.

Quoting famiglia_bella:

It's such a scary thing to hear about all these police officers, public servants that risk their lives for public safety, acting in such power tripping ways.  I wish we would hear about the officers that respect their jobs and earn their communities' trust.  Is the screening not what it used to be or is too much put on each individual?  Or could it be that with the technology we have, we see more truth?

 

Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM
You can always google the story see that they all match and realize that there are people with badges who profile.

Quoting pamelax3:

I do not think we are getting all the facts.. I will wait until all the details come out

tanyainmizzou
by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

In several states there are obscenity laws on the books and that is considered obscene by some.

Quoting Mommabearbergh:

Sounds like something that is very likely to happen and even if he did flip him the bird where is there a law that says you can't.


pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

 No doubt about that.. Just not sure there is enough information to make a judgment


Quoting Mommabearbergh:

You can always google the story see that they all match and realize that there are people with badges who profile.

Quoting pamelax3:

I do not think we are getting all the facts.. I will wait until all the details come out


 

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