Police renew probe of attack on autistic teen runner at meet
SYRACUSE (AP) >> Police are renewing their investigation into an attack on an autistic boy during a cross-country meet, a city official said.
Democratic Syracuse council member Susan Boyle said Rochester police were expected to talk Monday with the mother of Chase Coleman, a 15-yearold who is unable to speak. The black Syracuse teenager was shoved to the ground by a white man he encountered during the meet on Oct. 14.
The Syracuse Post-Standard first reported over the weekend that Clarise Coleman questioned whether race factored in a decision not to charge 57-year-old Martin MacDonald with harassment.
A police report said MacDonald got out of his car, pushed Chase to the ground and yelled at him.
MacDonald told investigators he feared the boy would try to steal a purse from his wife, who was in the passenger seat of the car. A phone number for MacDonald was unavailable, and he couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.
Clarise Colemen told the newspaper if “that man” had been black and Chase had been white and that police report was filed “he’d have been in jail.”
“It’s wrong in so many ways,” Boyle told The Associated Press. “Remove race, and we still have a grown man who attacked a child in the street.”