A Connecticut man was arrested after he pushed an 11-year-old boy off his bike and told him to ‘get the f**k out of town’ because he didn’t grow up there.
Jameson Chapman, 48, was arrested and charged with assault, risk of injury to a child, and breach of peace after he threw Daniel Duncan, 11, off his bike in Deep River on Monday.
Video footage shows Chapman yelling at the young child after accidentally bumping into him while Duncan was out playing with a friend.
The video suggests Chapman told Duncan to ride his bike on the road after the accidental encounter, as Duncan can be heard saying: ‘I’m going to get hit by a car in the road.’
Biking on the sidewalk is legal in Connecticut according to the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.
Chapman appears to be unhappy with the response, angrily telling Duncan to ‘get the f**k out of here’ before asking the child: ‘Where did you grow up? Did you grow up in Connecticut?’
When Duncan, who is biracial, responds he hadn’t, Chapman tells him: ‘Then get the f**k out of my town.’
The boy’s friend, who was filming the encounter, responded: ‘This ain’t your f**king town.’
Moments later, Duncan can be seen being shoved off his bike, his whole body flying, as Chapman stalks away in the rain. The boy can be heard crying out in pain, but Chapman never once turns around to check on the boy sprawled on the pavement.
Duncan’s mother Desiree Dominique says that Chapman asked her son racially motivated questions, and believes the encounter should be classified as a hate crime.
However, Chapman’s estranged daughter Alexa Chapman and his ex-wife Kelly Anne Abbott-Chapman told DailyMail.com they had ‘never known him to be racist.’
The pair also wanted to ‘make it clear’ that they ‘do not hold the same beliefs’ as Chapman and have considered ‘reaching out to Daniel and his mother to offer our support,’ Alexa told DailyMail.com on Friday.
Alexa also said she and Kelly Anne ‘have not associated with his family since I was five,’ except for ‘inconsistent’ contact with him and one other cousin. Kelly Anne also reiterated this and said he ‘did not participate in raising his child’ and owes her ‘$50,000 in child support.’
Alexa also claimed she believed her estranged father was ‘under the influence’ when he encountered Duncan.
‘My father has a long history of trauma-related substance and alcohol abuse and I believe that when the situation happened, he was under the influence.’
Police have not commented on whether or not Chapman was high or drunk.
After seeing the video, Dominique also said she wanted to go out and find Chapman.
‘After watching just a couple seconds of the video, I immediately went into flight or fight and jumped into my car to go look for the guy,’ she told WFSB.
‘I could not contain my anger,’ she told Fox 61.
She later called police. who arrested Chapman 15 minutes after the phone call. He has since been released.
Chapman was originally held on a $10,000 bond and was reportedly released on Tuesday after his arraignment. His next court hearing is schedule for July 22, according to the New Haven Register.
The judge also issued a protective order, but it is unclear if Chapman or Duncan is the person protected.
This isn’t Chapman’s first run-in with the law, according to public records, he has been found guilty for aggravated assault 2010, and has been charged with a DUI in 1995 and 2012 and a weapons offenses in 2010.
Dominique said her son is now ‘afraid to leave the house’ in fear of another encounter with the hostile man.
His mother also said he was ‘shocked’ by the encounter because a ‘grown man’ touched her son. ‘That’s the first time anything like that has happened. He’s scared,’ she told the New Haven Register.
Dominique said she worries racist behavior will continue toward her two children – as this is not the first time they have had to deal with it in their Connecticut town.
She told Fox 61 that her other son was shot with a pellet gun in June and the children are verbally attacked while at school.
A message that used racist terms for people of color was also left on a sign in Deep River.
‘The issue of racism is very prevalent in this area,’ she told Fox 61. However, Dominique reminds her children that they are ‘not their skin tone.’
The town is reportedly planning public forums to address racism in the town. Workshops will discuss behavior and thinking and how to prevent racism from happening.
Deep River’s town first selectman, its chief executive and administrative officer, Angus McDonald, told Fox 61 the majority of Deep River does not share the same views or condone racist behavior.
McDonald said the town is going to ‘continue to make it welcoming’ and that it is a ‘safe space.’