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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

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 toldlocal 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.'

 

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