Disabled Black Cross Country Runner Assaulted During Race By Pearl-Clutching White Guy
Imagine an autistic white teenager getting lost during a high school cross country race and being thrown to the ground by a black guy who pulled over specifically because to accost him. Imagine the speed with which police would've nailed that guy -- especially if he admitted to everything.
Now reverse the roles.
A non-verbal autistic black teenage cross country runner loses his way during a race and is assaulted by an adult white man who claims he was nervous because his car had been broken into recently. Take a wild guess how the cops handled that one?
Ya know what, don't bother guessing -- we'll tell you what happens (because this actually happened to Corcoran H.S. freshman Chase Coleman in Rochester, New York, earlier this month).
Chase was running in his maroon Syracuse West cross country uniform, with a race number pinned to it. The incident occurred near the reservoir in Cobb's Hill Park, Rochester.
Witnesses said Chase was in the middle of a road when MacDonald stopped his car several feet away from the runner. The road was not closed to traffic. Chase's mother, who did not see the incident, speculates that Chase may have been confused about where to run.
MacDonald admitted pushing Chase to the ground, police said. Asked why, he told an officer "he thought Chase was going to mug his wife and take her purse,'' according to the police report.
"MacDonald's wife was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the incident,'' the officer noted.
MacDonald said he was concerned about Chase's intentions because "some youths had broken into his car recently,'' according to the police report. MacDonald also told an officer that Chase did not respond when told to move out of the road, police said.
...MacDonald admitted pushing Chase to the ground, police said. Asked why, he told an officer "he thought Chase was going to mug his wife and take her purse,'' according to the police report.
"OH GOD, HONEY...A CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER! GRAB THE BEAR MACE!"
It takes a special kind of evil to feel compelled to get out of your car to beat up a kid who is clearly participating in an on-going high school sporting event.
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