It seems even waving at officers is a punishable offense if you’re a black man. George Madison Jr. was riding his bike on South Weinback Avenue in Evansville, Indiana, when a friendly gesture got him into trouble with local police officers. The 38 year-old firefighter and father of four waved at at a couple policemen, since they looked familiar to him and he has friends on the police force including the police chief.
When the officers, Darin Cliton and Jason Clegg, didn’t recognize him, they attacked. Evansville Courier & Press reports:
“The officer jumped out and says, ‘What are you doing throwing your hands up at us?’ Madison said. ‘He is talking to me as he is coming toward me. I tried to explain, but I couldn’t get a word in edgewise.”
Scared, Madison tried to call the Police Chief but was instructed to put his cell phone down. When he hesitated, the officer grabbed his phone and Madison was tasered and cuffed.
“What he asked me to do, I was more than willing to do,” Madison recalled. “I said ‘Please don’t hurt me.”
When the officers found out who Madison was, they let him go. Madison filed a formal complaint with the police department in Evansville.