Perhaps lost in that meeting, was the voice of the man at the center of this controversial case -- a case that went viral across the country in virtually no time. George Madison, an Evansville firefighter publicly addressed the issue for the first time Monday.
Madison says he was riding his bike when he waived at officers. The two men have since then been identified as Officer Darin Clifton and Jason Clegg. Madison says they pulled him over, put a taser to his chest and forced him to the ground. The officers made the traffic stop because Madison allegedly disregarded a stop sign.
Madison filed a complaint with the Evansville Police Department, but investigators said they found no evidence that the two officers violated policy.
"I felt like a dog on that day. I felt like I couldn't stand up for my rights as a man," said Madison, standing before the council.
He delivered a fiery account of August 13, the day he was detained. The impassioned speech, read from paper, was the first time Madison publicly acknowledged the incident that caught fire from coast to coast.
"There is an issue," said Madison. "It is an injustice that happens far too often and it is swept under the rug."
Following the meeting, without notes in hand, Madison spoke candidly with Eyewitness News about how his life has changed. "We have to understand that this isn't an occurrence that is common, even though it happened to me. So, I'm not gonna live in fear," said Madison, his demeanor noticeably softer standing outside the crowded meeting room. "You don't realize the trauma and struggle you go through -- not just to experience it, but for everyone to experience it with you. For this to go national and for your name to be tied to something that is negative -- it weighs on you."
Also weighing on him -- a game of tug-of-war. Madison says some people tried to steer the way he responded to the incident. "There were so many people that pulled me in different directions. So many people that wanted me to make it a race issue. So many people who wanted to use it as a platform for their own agenda. I stayed my course," said Madison.
He says he wasn't fighting for a single race -- he was fighting for everyone. "If you're Christian, that's what you're supposed to do," said Madison.
During Monday's meeting, Reverend Adrian Brooks, of Memorial Baptist Church and President of the Police Merit Commission acknowledged a rumor accusing him of pressuring Madison to attend the council meeting. "Again, that's a lie," said Brooks.
Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin also made reference to alleged pressures against Madison. "George Madison has told me that he is being pressured by people to go further," said Bolin.
Madison says he doesn't want to go further -- he just wants to see Evansville Police Officers equipped with body cameras so citizens and officers have an impartial eye watching every move.
It appears that goal is in sight. Tuesday Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said he's giving the department money to buy body cameras to record all arrests from the point of view of the officer. Officer Clegg was wearing one of those cameras as part of a pilot program -- but he didn't start recording until after Madison was let out of handcuffs.
"Having cameras and things like that are a deterrent," said Madison. "We all know that everybody's gonna act different when they know they have somebody looking over their shoulder."
He tells Eyewitness News he doesn't blame the officer for not recording the totality of the incident. He says he believes the officer was simply untrained on a piece of new equipment.
Madison walked away from the meeting hoping to leave the incident that captured nationwide attention behind him. "I believe that I've lost two weeks of my life worrying, stressing trying to deal with the emotions that I have -- to be able to handle things in a way that is positive."