Officers said 38-year-old Philip Coleman was arrested Wednesday night in the West Pullman neighborhood for allegedly beating his 69-year-old mother. Coleman became combative with officers during his arrest, police said, at one point spitting blood into the faces of an officer and a sergeant.
After battling with officers several more times, police said he struggled while being transported to court, and officers Tasered him at the Calumet Area lockup to subdue him.
Coleman was sent for treatment Thursday to Roseland Hospital where police said he became physically aggressive with hospital staff and officers. Police said in a statement that “reasonable force was employed, including a taser deployment, to gain control” of the man. NBC Chicago
Mark Bowen, 48, and other neighbors said when police arrived at the house Wednesday, they pleaded with authorities to take Philip Coleman to a nearby hospital and not to jail. dnainfo.com
“I was trying to get him to calm down,” Bowen said. Bowen said he told Coleman, “Philip, it’s OK. Let them help you.” dnainfo.com
“He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” said Bowen, who has known Coleman they were kids. dnainfo.com
Sources said Coleman was a regular volunteer for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. A University of Chicago graduate, Coleman was listed as Director of Hospice Education for Rainbow/PUSH in online documents from 2003 to 2008, but the organization could not be reached for comment. dnainfo.com
The man’s father, Percy Coleman told several news outlets that his son had never been in trouble. Huffington Post
Neighbors were also shocked by Coleman’s actions, remembering him as a polite, quiet man. Chicago Tribune
“From what I see, he’d just come visit his mama and leave,” Yolanda Cole said. “It was real out of character for him.” Chicago Tribune
Cecelia Spearman, an elderly neighbor, learned of Coleman’s death from a reporter. “I just can’t imagine him being dead,” she said. “He was always friendly to me. He was in a crib when I came” to the neighborhood in 1974. Chicago Tribune