Po­lice re­new probe of at­tack on autis­tic teen run­ner at meet

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

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.”

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