Firefighter Handcuffed and Threatened With Taser After Waving at Police

554640_t607An Evansville, IN firefighter and youth pastor was handcuffed and threatened with a taser after what he says was a friendly wave at police officers. The police apparently thought he was “throwing signs” at them. Apparently “throwing signs” is a taser-worthy offense? A quick-thinking passerby snapped a picture of the incident.

Via the Courier Press:

Evansville firefighter George Madison Jr. has filed a formal complaint about an Evansville Police Department officer who he said stopped him during a bicycle ride Tuesday afternoon, threatened him with a stun gun and handcuffed him.

Madison 38, who also is youth pastor at Memorial Baptist Church, said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on South Weinbach Avenue after he waved at officers in a patrol car as he was riding his bike.

Madison declined to identify the police officers, saying that he wanted to respect the police department’s internal investigative procedures.

However, a report generated by Evansville/Vanderburgh Central Dispatch about the traffic stop, known informally as a “run card,” identifies the officers as Officer Clifton and Officer Clegg. The two city police officers with those last names are Darin Clifton and Jason Clegg.

“I remember looking down the barrel of a Taser, because (the officer) was gritting his teeth and saying, ‘Don’t make me pull this trigger,’” Madison said Wednesday afternoon.

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23 Comments on "Firefighter Handcuffed and Threatened With Taser After Waving at Police"

  1. Ffejtball | Aug 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

    So basically, that officer wasn’t looking for any reason not to pull that trigger, he was looking for every reason *to* pull it. “Don’t make me pull this trigger”. What a load of crap. The only person that makes that trigger pull is the person holding the weapon that has the trigger. Hopefully these two will no longer be officers of the law. It seems like they can’t handle the authority.

  2. Hadrian999 | Aug 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

    cops need to start treating a tazer as the defensive weapon it is and not their fun attitude adjuster toy

  3. Typical racist piggies in action; nothing new or surprising here.
    They will more than likely get away with it too.
    It really is amazing to me that black people all over this country are not in open revolt. I guess we have Barry to thank for that?

  4. Ted Heistman | Aug 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm |

    I really feel for this guy. He really seems like he is trying not to give up his faith in Humanity.

  5. InfvoCuernos | Aug 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm |

    This is why cops’ wives fuck firefighters.

  6. Jeb Morningside | Aug 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm |

    White person: waving
    Black person: “throwing signs”

  7. lifobryan | Aug 17, 2013 at 8:49 am |

    Officers Clifton and Clegg sound like names from a Monty Python skit.

    Or ..

  8. Probably these police were given certain situations in training that they passed. But after they became full fledged police officers on the street, their true self comes out.
    I’m sure that some racism was involved but the real reason that some police act this way is because of fear.

  9. BuzzCoastin | Aug 17, 2013 at 11:38 am |

    the Homeland pig motto:

    To Protect & Serve Our Baser Instincts
    and the Interests of the Monied

  10. Ted Heistman | Aug 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm |

    Maybe they need more dick pills…

  11. The cop is an idiot and doesn’t know the law.

  12. Was he wearing a hoodie?

    What I love about this is this is that its so hard to deconstruct and retell in a way that suits racist narratives. I mean srsly…a firefighting pastor riding a bicycle in daytime? This is right up there with the toddlers, grandparents, autistic folks and other harmless people who are getting bashed, tazed, gunned down, stuffed and cuffed left and right these days. And the best these thug cops can come up with is “He was throwing signs!!” There’s ALWAYS an attempt to explain away police violence (or vigilante violence) as justified and rational…as long as the victim wasn’t white. It’s way past time for people to wake up to the understanding that a permissive culture of police violence and abuse doesn’t stop along racial lines for very long…it may start that way…but once its entrenched it harms everyone sooner or later. I’d like to see an end to the constant use of racial divisions as a dodge to keep us from uniting and realizing that every human being is in danger from badged gangsters who have been encouraged into extreme acts by a culture that tolerates them and shields the offenders from any accountability.

  13. If this cops house catches fire I hope there is a water shortage. This fire fighter is a good man.

  14. Never talk to cops or the things you tell them will be used against you.

  15. Echo Moon | Aug 19, 2013 at 11:45 am |

    do people who apply to any criminal justice school have to got thru a mental screening? or do people who apply for jobs in law enforcement have to under go psychological testing first?????????
    we’ve got mentally impaired gorillas out there and they sure don’t seem to be upholding the law or protecting individuals.

  16. Rico Escobar | Aug 24, 2013 at 10:26 am |

    This is the sort of excellence in human behavior that Evansville, IN sweats from every pore.

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