15-year-old Black teen and 9th grader, Chase T. Coleman, mysteriously went missing whiles running a 5k race in New York.
The level of hatred towards Black people in America is now beyond our wildest imagination. The cruelty of white racists has increased exponentially, more than statistics can record. We now live our lives in constant fear not knowing what kind of racial assault we could face in the course of our daily routine. The unfortunate ordeal of an autistic Black teen will surely draw tears from your eyes. 15-year-old Chase Coleman was falsely accused and brutally assaulted by a white man while doing what he loved most, a cross country race. What warranted such a barbaric act? Get the full details of the story by reading our decisively selected news sources below:
For more than two years, Clarise Coleman faithfully attended every track practice and every cross-country meet for her son, Chase.
Part of it was being a supportive parent, proud that Chase had finally found “his sport.” Coleman loved the camaraderie that the cross-country team gave her 15-year-old Black teen, even if it meant frequently road-tripping from their home in Syracuse for meets all around New York state.
But as the mother of a nearly nonverbal autistic child, Coleman also knew that she needed to be there for Chase in case he needed help. She often scouted out racecourses ahead of time, noting where the lanky teenager might get lost or confused, as he often did.
A few weeks ago, her worst fears came true when Chase — who was running in a meet in Rochester, N.Y., with his team from Corcoran High School — was assaulted by a stranger in the middle of a race.
Coleman had been waiting for him near the reservoir in Cobb’s Hill Park, at a part of the course where runners would come down a hill — but Chase never appeared. So as she often would do at meets, she went looking for him.
“I started walking that direction, and I’m screaming his name out: ‘Keep going, Chase!‘” Coleman told The Washington Post. “And a young lady came up to me and said, ‘Are you looking for one of your runners?’ … She said, ‘Some man just assaulted him.’ ”
Coleman ran in the direction the woman pointed and soon saw her son walking toward her, accompanied by a bicyclist who had assisted him.
“I asked, ‘Is Chase okay?’ ” Coleman said, adding that one often needs to speak to Chase in the third person. “I check his body. I’m checking his face. I pulled his shirt. ‘Show Mommy where Chase hurts.’ ”
Chase put his hand on his back. “Back,” he said.
When Coleman was told what witnesses saw, her fears deepened. Read more.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) October 31, 2016
The attack happened on October 14th during a cross-country race sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity called the Purple and Gold Invitational.
During the race, 15-year-old Black teen, Chase T. Coleman, who is an autistic non-verbal cross country runner, was attacked by a 57-year-old man. The suspect allegedly got out of his car and shoved Chase down to the ground. After the attack the suspect fled the scene of 100 Culver Road.
The mother of the child did not witness the attack first hand but was notified by witness Collin Thompson, according to the Rochester Police Department.
The witness told Police that she was running in the park around the reservoir when she noticed a young black male in the middle of the road and an older white male who got out of his vehicle. The suspect, allegedly approached Coleman and pushed him to the ground. Then proceeded to yell at him saying “Get out of here.”
Chase’s mother, Clarise Coleman, said her son was in the road at the time of the incident because he was participating in the race.
While being interviewed by a Police Officer who was dispatched to the area, the alleged attacker admitted that he had pushed Coleman to the ground because he thought Coleman was going to mug his wife and steal her purse.
At the time of the incident, the man’s wife was in the front seat of the vehicle he was operating.
He later told Police his car had recently been broken into, which crossed his mind before he pushed Coleman. The suspect told the officer that Coleman, who is non-verbal, was not responding to him when he told him to leave the road.
On October 21st the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office informed Coleman that Judge Caroline Morrison of Rochester City Court has denied the warrant application for the arrest of the suspect for charges of 2nd Degree Harassment.
“They are treating him like a third class citizen. He has the double whammy, he’s black and has a disability. So it’s not important, that’s what Rochester is telling me,” said his mother. Read more.
Coleman said that a week after he was attacked, her son Chase refused to go to his team practices and skipped running in his last meet of the season. Coleman said she also watched her son turn in his uniform to his coach who encouraged him to change his mind, but Chase refused.
Coleman told the Post about the joy that her son had found in running after several attempts at other sports like soccer, baseball and basketball. Chase, she said, had developed his own little family with his team, with all of them, boys and girls, showing up to his “bro mitzvah” when he turned 13.
“[MacDonald] snatched a joy out of my child that took a long time to establish,” Coleman said. “He needs to face the music. … This is still a child and it was unprovoked. He needs to wear some handcuffs and go through that whole process.” Read more.
This is ridiculous! The porosity of the American justice system remains shocking for any sane person. It’s just unbelievable how crimes of this magnitude can escape the grips of justice. How can a mentally ill Black teen be mistaken for a robber? And this racist white man had the effrontery to actually attack Coleman right in the street, in the full glare of the public. This a crime and it’s also an act of utter cruelty and heartlessness towards a helpless person, it must not (and we hope it won’t) go unpunished. Stay tuned as we bring you further ins and outs of the story.