A prominent black leader and former basketball star in Madison, Wisconsin, was allegedly attacked by racist Packers fans.
Raw Story obtained exclusive access to a December 22, 2017 police report which details an an attack on Trent Jackson, 51. Jackson was walking his chihuahua on Bluff Street when he was verbally abused and physically confronted by Austin Bossaer, 23.
Bossaer is facing a charge of disorderly conduct as a hate crime.
Jackson, the alleged victim, was a standout guard for the Badgers basketball team, finishing his career as the third-leading scorer in school history. He came back to Madison to work as a teacher and for the Boys and Girls Club. He now owns a sportswear company and has given back to the community by donating generously to help the homeless.
On December 22, Jackson said that he was walking his chihuahua when a Jeep pulled up to the curb ahead of him. He reeled his dog’s leash in and continued to walk but when he got near the car someone inside yelled “Hey, n***er, fuck you and your chihuahua dog!” While Jackson said he was bothered by the abuse, he kept walking toward his house. He could sense that a person had gotten out of the car and started following him, so he turned to walk backwards. He was blinded by the headlights and the dog’s leash became tangled around his feet.
Police say he was then confronted by Bossaer. Bossaer was in a car with two visitors from Indiana who he was hosting: his former high school classmate Gretchen Marshall, 23, and her boyfriend, Jordan Volz, 30.
Marshall and Volz were traveling to Green Bay to attend the Packers game the following day. According to the police report, the three had “gone out to dinner” at a place Volz identified as the Great Dane Pub and Brewing in a Facebook check-in.
When Bossaer moved toward him aggressively after calling him a racial slur, Jackson attempted to punch him but missed.
Bossaer—who had a knife in his pocket when he was later arrested—allegedly pushed the older man to the ground.
Jackson says he then got up and saw Volz running at him at full speed, so he punched him in the nose. The attack then stopped and he walked home, where he called 911.
Bossaer, who police described as “extremely intoxicated,” also called 911. He claimed that the middle-aged black man walking his dog at night “randomly walked up and hit him.” Through what police described as slurred speech, he said that he had merely been trying to talk to Jackson because he “likes dogs” and was “curious” about the dog.
Hour after Bossaer was arrested, Volz called the police and said that he wanted to give a statement. When a police offer explained why Bossaer was arrested, Volz allegedly hung up.
Volz posted a photo of himself and Marshall at the Packers game the next day with what appeared to be an injured nose.