photo courtesy of Clarise Coleman
A city official says police are renewing their investigation into an attack on an autistic New York boy during a cross-country meet.
Syracuse council member Susan Boyle says Rochester police are expecting to talk with the mother of 15-year-old Chase Coleman, who is unable to speak. The black Syracuse teen was shoved to the ground by a white man he encountered during the race on Oct. 14.
The Syracuse Post-Standard first reported that Clarise Coleman questioned whether race factored in a decision not to charge 57-year-old Martin MacDonald with harassment.
A police report says MacDonald got out of his car, pushed Chase to the ground and yelled at him. He told investigators he feared the boy would try to steal a purse from his wife. A phone number for MacDonald wasn’t available.