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EPD Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Police Officer

A police officer is accused of unprofessional action after a traffic stop earlier this month. Now, Evansville Police completes their internal investigation.
A police officer is accused of unprofessional action after a traffic stop earlier this month. Now, Evansville Police completes their internal investigation.

Police say there wasn't evidence to show that Officer Jasen Clegg violated any department policies. He was investigated after Evansville Firefighter George Madison filed a complaint saying Officer Clegg acted unprofessionally and aggressively during a traffic stop on August 13.    Madison was handcuffed but then shortly released and given no citation.

The EPD investigation says Officer Clegg did not use profanity, derogatory language, or any kind of racial slur during the incident.

"That does not mean however that we have no heard Mr. Madison's message," said Sgt. Jason Cullum. "That message is that we all need to be aware that when we leave an incident, everything we said and did was interpreted by the people we were dealing with. That interpretation is the foundation of their thoughts and beliefs about the Evansville Police Department and police officers in general."
   
We reached out to Rev. Gerald Arnold of the NAACP. He says he meets with EPD Chief Billy Bolin every month and would like to continue to have positive communication.

George Madison would not go on camera, but he sent this message: "This week has been very stressful and emotional for me. I just need time to pray about it so I can handle this situation the right way."

Madison also posted the following message on his Facebook Page: "They have shown their true colors. It has been revealed that they have no intention of standing for what is right, and they will only defend and justify themselves. No standard operating procedure was violated, but my dignity as a human being was."
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