An 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.
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.