From my local paper...
http://www.app.com/article/20100125/NEW ... hed-him-up
Local Jets fan says Indianapolis-area cops roughed him up
By KIM PREDHAM • STAFF WRITER • January 25, 2010
Sunday was a really bad day for Jets fan Patrick Mallon — and not just because of the team's loss.
The Brick resident — in Indianapolis to watch the Jets battle the Colts for a Super Bowl berth — never got to the game. Instead, he spent about eight hours stuck in a holding cell after one witness says cops hit and Tasered him before the big game.
"I didn't know what was happening," Mallon, 26, said Monday.
Before the game, Mallon, his father and his brother joined a Jets-heavy tailgating party in a parking lot across from Lucas Oil Stadium. The crowd was engaging in some pregame rallying when a police officer began warning revelers they would have to move to let people park their vehicles, said Mallon's father, local attorney Thomas Mallon.
A second officer soon joined the first, Thomas Mallon said.
As that officer drove through the crowd, Thomas Mallon said his son wound up in his path.
"I guess he (Patrick) didn't get out of the way," Thomas Mallon said.
The officer grabbed his son, hit him in the back of the head, then Tasered him, said Thomas Mallon.
"(It was ) very quick," Thomas Mallon said.
Speedway, Ind., police said Mallon was causing a disturbance, throwing beer on other fans and yelling and cursing. He "repeatedly" ignored the arresting officer's orders, according to a report published in the New York Post.
Mallon denies all of these allegations.
His father goes further, calling the police report on the incident "completely inaccurate."
Mallon was subsequently charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, and held for several hours before a judge heard his case.
Since he has no criminal record, his father said Mallon was fined $150 and released. If he stays out of trouble for the next two years, the charges will be dropped.
Mallon — whose father has successfully litigated several local police brutality cases — said he has no plans to file suit against the Speedway police department.
"I'm just trying to let it all settle down," Mallon said Monday, as he headed back to New Jersey.
"It was just a bad day," he said.
Kim Predham: 732-308-7752 or email@example.com