Monday, October 10, 2005

Another one...


From Breitbart:
A 64-year-old man who was repeatedly punched in the head by police in an incident caught on videotape was not drunk, as police have alleged, and put up no resistance as he was being pummeled, his lawyer said Monday.

The man, a retired elementary school teacher, had returned to New Orleans only to check on property he owns in the storm-ravaged city, and was out looking to buy cigarettes when he was arrested Saturday night in the French Quarter, the lawyer and the man's father said.

Police have alleged that Robert Davis was publicly intoxicated.

A federal civil rights investigation was opened into the incident. Davis is black. The three city police officers seen on the tape are white. Police spokesman Marlon Defillo said race was not an issue.

Two city officers accused in the beating, and a third officer accused of grabbing and shoving an Associated Press Television News producer who helped document the confrontation, pleaded not guilty on Monday to battery charges.

After a hearing at which trial was set for Jan. 11, officers Lance Schilling, Robert Evangelist and S.M. Smith were released on bond. They left in cars without commenting.

The three were suspended without pay Sunday, Defillo said.

Police Superintendent Warren Riley said any misconduct would be dealt with swiftly. He noted the video showed "a portion of that incident."

(Found on Drudge.)
Wow. Another incident of uniformed thugs and bullies ganging up on and beating up someone weaker than themselves. Surprise, surprise.

This is happening so much now I don't know what to say anymore. All I can think is that I need to avoid contact with the police at all costs, because I don't have much patience for that sort of foolishness.

Cops are NOT your friends; especially if you are not the one to initiate contact.