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Police Department Investigation Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing By Indiana Officer Jason Clegg In Bicycle Stop Of Firefighter George Madison Jr.
An internal investigation by the Evansville, Ind., Police Department found no evidence that an officer violated any police department rules or regulations when he pointed a stun gun at a bicyclist and handcuffed him during a traffic stop.
George Madison Jr., who is a firefighter in Evansville and also a youth pastor, had filed a complaint against Officer Jason Clegg after the incident on Aug. 13.
Madison said he was stopped after he waved to two Evansville police officers when they turned in front of him at an intersection. He reportedly acknowledged he did not stop at the intersection, which is a four-way stop, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.
In his complaint, Madison told department investigators he felt Clegg was angry and aggressive, that Clegg said unprofessional things and that he felt intimidated by the officer, said Police Sgt. Jason Cullum.
During the traffic stop, Madison reportedly attempted to call Police Chief Billy Bolin on his cell phone. After multiple requests to put the phone away, Clegg reached for the phone from Madison’s hand, causing Madison to flinch his arm and prompted Clegg to point his Taser at Madison, Cullum said.
“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 told the Courier & Press.
RTV6 previously reported that Madison said the officer asked him his name, date of birth and place of employment.
"Once they found out I was a fireman, their attitude changed," he said.
Then the officers allowed him to come to his knees. He said the officer began trying to engage him in conversation, but Madison said he became wary of the conversation's turn.
"At first I was talking to them," Madison said. "Then I said, 'I don't have anything else to say to you. Finally, they asked me if I had calmed down, and I kept telling them I was never out of sorts."
Madison, who was not cited during the stop, told the Courier & Press last week he did not feel the stop was racially motivated.
In response to the internal investigation’s findings, Madison said, “I need time to pray and to think about this because I want to handle this the right way.”