Jan 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
I assume that a New York Post editor was being sarcastic when he wrote the headline: Shocker! Cops taser Jets fan. I didn’t write about this when it first happened, because a Jets fan being arrested is about as rare as limited visibility inside the Willie Nelson tour bus. But New Jersey resident Patrick Mallon, 26, is making such a stink over being hauled to jail outside of Indy’s Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, that I suppose his tale of woe should be on the record. Especially considering that handcuffing Jets fans seems to be a favorite police pastime this winter.
No video this time, unfortunately, but here’s a photo of our protagonist, Mallon, being pinned to the trunk of a car and handcuffed by Speedway police on Sunday, prior to the AFC Championship game. From the New York Post:
Mallon, wearing a throwback Wesley Walker Jet jersey, had been engaged in playful pregame taunting with passing Colt fans at a Jet-heavy tailgate party outside Lucas Oil Stadium when the cops entered the fray.
The officers told the verbally jousting fans and Jet diehards to move along — but Mallon, of Brick, NJ, apparently didn’t move fast enough, witnesses, including his dad, told The Post.
Cops grabbed the construction worker, threw him against their patrol car, punched him in the back of the head and then Tasered him, the witnesses said.
Cops claimed Mallon was “causing a disturbance, throwing beer on other people in the crowd,” according to a report by Sgt. Jeffrey McCleerey, of the Speedway, Ind., police.
“[Mallon] repeatedly ignored my orders and continued to yell and curse at me and other people in the lot,”McCleerey claimed.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
But Mallon said that he didn’t deserve that treatment, contending that his only crime was shrugging at the cop.
“I shrugged at him, and he jumped out of his car,” Mallon told The Post back home. “I never thought I’d wind up in jail.”
He spent the day and evening in jail, after insisting his dad and brother go to the game. “I would have felt much worse if they didn’t go,” he said.
Mallon’s father then picks up the story.
“I’m dumbfounded. He did nothing wrong … He gestured something to the police — not the finger or anything like that — and the next thing you know, the officer came out and threw him up against the car. I just kept yelling, ‘Pat, Pat, just calm down and go with them.’ They Tasered him, I was right there. I could hear it.” One Colts fan observed, “All the cops were doing was trying to park cars. The Jets fan didn’t realize that, and he got a little rowdy. And now he’s not watching the game.” But despite the Tasing and the handcuffs, Mallon’s team spirit remained unbroken; his father says that from the back of the police car, “His last words to me were, ‘Go, Jets!'”
One clue as to a reason this story won’t go away: According to NESN.com, Mallon’s father is a criminal defense attorney.
Witnesses agree that an officer fired the taser darts into Mallon, but there is a question as to whether they actually activated the charge. Also, Mr. Jets fan in the main photo above is not Mallon, although he looks like he could use about 90,000 volts.
Tasered Jets fan flags cop [New York Post]
Shocker! Cops taser Jets fan [New York Post]
Cops tell their side in Jets fan video arrest controversy [Out of Bounds]
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