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New Orleans Cops Face Charges in Beating By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer
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Three New Orleans police officers are facing battery charges after investigators reviewed a videotape showing two patrolmen repeatedly punching a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication and a third officer grabbing and shoving an Associated Press Television News producer who helped capture the confrontation on tape.

After being questioned and arrested, the three officers were suspended without pay Sunday, police spokesman Marlon Defillo said. The police promised a criminal investigation.

"It's a troubling tape, no doubt about it," Defillo said.

The confrontations come as the department "” long plagued by allegations of brutality and corruption "” struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resignation last month of Police Superintendent Eddie Compass.

The APTN tape shows an officer hitting the suspect, Robert Davis, at least four times in the head Saturday night outside a French Quarter bar. Davis appeared to resist, twisting and flailing as he was dragged to the ground by four officers.

Another of the officers then kneed Davis and punched him twice. Davis was face-down on the sidewalk with blood streaming down his arm and into the gutter.

Then a fifth officer ordered APTN producer Rich Matthews and the cameraman to stop recording. When Matthews held up his credentials, the officer grabbed the producer, leaned him backward over a car, jabbed him in the stomach and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade.

"I've been here for six weeks trying to keep ... alive. ... Go home!" shouted the officer, who identified himself as S.M. Smith.

In addition to Smith, the other officers charged were identified as Lance Schilling and Robert Evangelist. Smith is an eight-year veteran of the force, while Evangelist and Schilling have served three years each.

"The incidents taped by our cameraman are extremely troubling," said Mike Silverman, AP's managing editor. "We are heartened that the police department is taking them seriously and promising a thorough investigation."

Police said Davis, of New Orleans, was booked on public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation. He was treated at a hospital and released into police custody.

A mug shot of Davis, provided by a jailer, showed him with his right eye swollen shut, an apparent abrasion on the left side of his neck and a cut on his right temple.

Davis, who is black, was subdued at the intersection of Conti and Bourbon streets. Three of the officers appeared to be white, and the other is light skinned. The officer who hit Matthews is white. Defillo said race was not an issue.

Two of the officers in the video appeared to be federal officers. Numerous agencies have sent police to help with patrols in the aftermath of Katrina, and Defillo said it would be up to their commanders to decide if they would face charges.

Under normal circumstances, it takes unusually offensive behavior to trigger an arrest on Bourbon Street. But New Orleans police have been working under stressful conditions since the hurricane. About 300 officers apparently either died, abandoned their posts or disappeared for some other reason.

Those who stayed slept in their cars and worked 24-hour shifts after the storm. Three-quarters lost their homes and their families are scattered across the country.

"Our police officers are working under some very trying times," Defillo said. "So it's a difficult time, but it doesn't excuse what our jobs are supposed to be."

Conditions have improved "” officers now have beds on a cruise ship "” but they don't have private rooms and are still working five, 12-hour days.

Compass, the police superintendent, resigned Sept. 27. Despite more than 10 years of reform efforts dating to before he took office, police were dogged by allegations of brutality and corruption.

On Friday, state authorities said they were investigating allegations that New Orleans police broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars "” including 41 new Cadillacs "” as the storm closed in.
 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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I thought it was against the law to abuse people over age 60. White men have no conscience. Whatever UNIFORM they wear, they've become Weapons of Mass Lives Destruction. Black men are just as crazy. There was no reason for that beating against that gentleman. Why does it ALWAYS take a gang of white men to BEAT ONE black man no matter what his age. If they're so damn "superior", seems only one would be needed to do the job. What was the deal with that "cop" trying to break the man's leg? He was just swinging on his leg, like he was trying to break it, while the others were pummeling his upper body. It's almost too much to live in America. My daughter told me I need to join 2005. I told her that's OK, I liked when people could have a good time, walking to school, dancing when Ray Charles or others came to town, playing in neighborhoods without worrying about pedophiles and creeps and not knowing what a so-called "gay" person was until I was grown.

Now Colorado has some sh!t where people can perform open sex acts legally in clubs. God, that's nastier than nasty to me. Sex has always been between two people and sacred. Men screw dogs, cows, and everything that moves now and blatantly. This might be cool to some folks, but it's pure INSANITY to me. Then these people want our sons, if they can stay out of those cages called jails, to don some uniform called "military" and mass kill people in foreign lands. "Cops" sporting steel penises ejaculating bullets, "military" sporting steel penises ejaculating bullets. There's no end to this sh!t. We're all living in a HORROR show and there's no end in sight. The earth's mad, the inhabitants are mad, the elements are mad. We're surrounded in MADNESS. Fire, water, bombs, earthquakes. Mothers crying all over the world. God, it's just almost too much for me to comprehend. Men, your hatreds are CONSUMING you and your DEVIANCES too.

It's funny, now everyone's worrying about the bird flu. Why worry about the so-called coming pandemic, when all you do is kill folks anyway? All I hope is that it doesn't fluck up the chicken wings.

To the gentleman that got the beating, I hope when it's over you get enough money to live the rest of your life in PEACE and PROSPERITY. You didn't deserve to be left in all that blood flowing to the gutter. Nobody does. NOBODY.
These photos are graphic but tell the true story of this racial altercation...

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Police officers subdue 64-year-old Robert Davis on Conti Street near Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans Saturday night

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Robert Davis was standing outside a bar near the corner of Conti and Bourbon Streets in New Orleans when the incident occured.


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A mounted police officer watches the scene as officers hold down and handcuff Davis.

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An Associated Press television crew recorded the incident

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A police officer who identified himself as S.M. Smith pushes Associated Press Television News producer Rich Matthews against a car

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Sixty-four year-old Robert Davis lies handcuffed on the sidewalk after being arrested by New Orleans Police.
I think after a certain point you get fatigued. Between all the disasters and "business as usual," I think I'd drop dead tomorrow if I got as outraged as I should be about everything going on. Even if these guys are convicted, there are a million others ready to pick up the baton and continue beating the living daylights out of people. Disgusting.
"We recognize that we have a very diverse community and we better get on board," he said, referring to the multicultural county that has become known as America's new melting pot.

As an added benefit, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department hopes the cultural training program will stop hefty civil judgments it has been forced to pay because of alleged police brutality.

In 1995 the department was ordered to pay $15.9 million to 36 Samoans who were holding a bridal shower in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos. Deputies allegedly beat some family members severely and used racial epithets during the February 1989 incident.

"Virtually every officer who showed up was white," said Garo Maardirossian, an attorney for the Samoans. "If you have a sufficient mix of officers -- someone who had been racially sensitive -- they could have avoided the whole fiasco."


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The past several years since this incident the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has refrained from harrassing, violating, beating, etc., etc., any resident of the Samoan community.

There is a reason, or difference as to the why. The difference being unlike Black people who, or whom:

A. Choose to march after being violated.

B. Fight with police officers on the street, which brings in policing reinforcements, who are licensed to kill you.

C. ...Whose leadership be it elected officials, lawyers, or otherwise, play games, trash valid petitions for redress, and/or join the ranks of the perpetrators.

........when Black people are the recipients of these atrocities.......

by and large the Samoan community through its own Samoan lawyers, leaders, or otherwise, organized to sue Los Angeles County for megabucks, and won.

Marching in mass amounts to BS, suing for redress surely talks strongly, quashes, and/or curtails, the probability of future activity on the part of government employees who violate the rights of law abiding citizens.

The Samoans have put a stop to Los Angeles County Sheriffs harrassing and/or unlawfully violating the rights of Samoans.

It will be interesting to see, when or if, the Black community and its' leadership will ever wake up and smell the coffee. Marching, fighting with police officers, playing games, being treasonous as it concerns the many acts of sleaze on the part of our own lawyers, elected officials, etc., and their treasonous relationship with the many innocent Black people who have been violated time and time again by agents and officials of government, has yet to bring any form of redress for the wrongs of government seriously gone awry.
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Black victims of police brutality have also sued and won large settlements. Large settlements and cultural training programs (WTF is that about? If you live in a large metropolitan area and don't know anything about dealing with people of other cultures, IT IS BY CHOICE!) don't stop cops from abusing their power. People who are racists in their daily lives take that with them to work.
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Black victims of police brutality have also sued and won large settlements. Large settlements and cultural training programs (WTF is that about? If you live in a large metropolitan area and don't know anything about dealing with people of other cultures, IT IS BY CHOICE!) don't stop cops from abusing their power. People who are racists in their daily lives take that with them to work.


....the only individuals who continue to be beat down like this on a regular basis are in fact Black people. In many instances, Black people are committing crimes.

In far too many instances our own lawyers, and so-called elected officials are treasonous, and/or very inept, when it comes to serving or representing the truly innocent in the Black community.

There is a big difference. You won't find as many incidents of the Los County Sheriffs, the LAPD, etc., etc., disrespecting Samoans, Hispanics, Koreans, etc., etc.

.....like what commonly occurs in the Black community, be it the burbs, or the inner-city!
The major beneficiaries of the multiple incidents of megabucks payoffs as it relates to the atrocities of the "Rampart Scandal" are Hispanic.

Activity of rogue police officers killing, maiming, or branding the truly innocent of Black America as being criminal has been going on for years.

By and large, the so-called university educated from our own community, choose to play games, side with the perpetrators, defend criminals, etc., etc.,............

....rather than step up to the plate to serve the truly innocent, the truly oppressed, etc., etc.

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Do you not see the link between these two sentences?

  • People who are racists in their daily lives take that with them to work.

  • the only individuals who continue to be beat down like this on a regular basis are in fact Black people

    Even if I just wiped out your entire family and drank their blood, it is not your job nor is it appropriate as a police officer to come on the scene and start kickin' ass.

    Perhaps we should just station the Fruit of Islam on street corners. Things wouldn't even have to get to the civil suit level.
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    Do you not see the link between these two sentences?

  • People who are racists in their daily lives take that with them to work.

  • the only individuals who continue to be beat down like this on a regular basis are in fact Black people

    Even if I just wiped out your entire family and drank their blood, it is not your job nor is it appropriate as a police officer to come on the scene and start kickin' ass.

    Perhaps we should just station the Fruit of Islam on street corners. Things wouldn't even have to get to the civil suit level.


  • Since the Rampart Scandal, and the many follow-up civil lawsuit for damages....


    ......just like the atrocities of Killer/Butcher King Hospital major reforms have actually taken place in the Los Angeles police department, and/or other policing jurisdictions. Police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators who are employed by the government are being held accountable. Furthermore there are far fewer incidents of police officers harrassing, beating, maiming, and/or killing Blacks, Hispanics, and/or otherwise. Although, many of the culprits still work for the LAPD, their roll to violate the rights of anyone who is being stopped has definitely been curtailed.

    Furthermore, video equipment has been installed on many LAPD police vehicles, to record any set or series of events. Those police officers who choose to continue such activity will have their actions recorded. It is certain that this reality has also slowed their roll to continue wrongful acts.

    The greatest deterent to stop rogue police officers, has been civil lawsuit for damages. Neither the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, any other jurisdiction, nor the taxpayers of any jurisdiction, have an unlimited supply of assets to continue paying out mega-mega-mega-bucks as a result of the atrocities of government. Neither the City nor the county of Los Angeles choose to continue keeping any city employee on the payroll who brings such shame, shame in the form of mega-megabucks in damages, being paid for the wrongfful and illegal acts of government employees. Government, just like any private business entity, will eventually amputate this dead weight rather than be forced into bankruptcy, insolvency, etc., etc., brought on by the actions of no good employees.

    The old saying "Money Talks and B.S. Walks" is still true.

    Basically, the squeaking wheel receives the grease. For well over thirty years, the atrocities of Butcher/Killer King continued. This activity was not arrested until civil lawsuit for damages on the part of victims, their heirs, the victim's legal representatives, and/or major demographic shifts put a stop to this foolishness.

    When South Central Los Angeles, Compton, etc., etc., was predominately Black, our own leadership, our own Black doctors, our own Black nurses, our own high level Black hospital administrators chose to keep this activity going to protect personal friends, to promote a lavish life style, and/or to deceive their own constituency.

    Heck, the Los Angeles Sentinel, the largest so-called Black owned newspaper on the West Coast, has yet to publish this reality. Namely, because again our own people in high places have not been on the level with Black people.


    Sincerely,

    Michael Lofton
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    Micheal:
    ......just like the atrocities of Killer/Butcher King major reforms have actually taken place in the police department. Police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators who are employed by the government are being held accountable. Furthermore there far fewer incidents of police officers harrassing, beating, maiming, and/or killing Blacks, Hispanics, and/or otherwise. Although, many of the culprits still work for the LAPD, there roll to violate the rights of anyone who is being stopped has been slowed. Furthermore, video equipment has been installed on many police vehicles, to record any set of events, meaning those police officers who choose to continue such activity will have their actions recorded. It is certain that this has also slowed their roll to continue wrongful acts. The greatest deterent though has been civil lawsuit for damages. Neither the County of Los Angeles, nor the taxpayers have an unlimited supply of money to continue paying out mega-bucks as a result of the atrocities of government. The city or county of Los Angeles will not continue to keep any employee on the payroll who brings such shame, shame in the form of megabucks in damages, being paid for the wrong acts of government employees. Government, like private business entity will eventually amputate this dead weight rather than be forced into bankruptcy, insolvency, etc., etc., brought on by the actions of no good employees.

    Michael, government(s) unfortunately doesn't operate like a private entity and oftentimes it takes a Senate Vote (figuratively speaking)or a very well documented slew of complaints to fire a government employee....let alone a police officer.

    Now what do you suppose would have happened if Mr Davis had died in lieu of the beating that he sustained? Without Media video coverage?
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    Micheal:
    ......just like the atrocities of Killer/Butcher King major reforms have actually taken place in the police department. Police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators who are employed by the government are being held accountable. Furthermore there far fewer incidents of police officers harrassing, beating, maiming, and/or killing Blacks, Hispanics, and/or otherwise. Although, many of the culprits still work for the LAPD, there roll to violate the rights of anyone who is being stopped has been slowed. Furthermore, video equipment has been installed on many police vehicles, to record any set of events, meaning those police officers who choose to continue such activity will have their actions recorded. It is certain that this has also slowed their roll to continue wrongful acts. The greatest deterent though has been civil lawsuit for damages. Neither the County of Los Angeles, nor the taxpayers have an unlimited supply of money to continue paying out mega-bucks as a result of the atrocities of government. The city or county of Los Angeles will not continue to keep any employee on the payroll who brings such shame, shame in the form of megabucks in damages, being paid for the wrong acts of government employees. Government, like private business entity will eventually amputate this dead weight rather than be forced into bankruptcy, insolvency, etc., etc., brought on by the actions of no good employees.

    Michael, government(s) unfortunately doesn't operate like a private entity and oftentimes it takes a Senate Vote (figuratively speaking)or a very well documented slew of complaints to fire a government employee....let alone a police officer.

    Now what do you suppose would have happened if Mr Davis had died in lieu of the beating that he sustained? Without Media video coverage?


    .....Mr. Davis's fate would have been like so many other innocent Black men beaten down by police before him.

    Without witnesses, without someone coming forth, just like the infamous "Rodney King" beating none of us would have known about it. The activity would have been swept under the rug.

    If not for the actions of "Holiday", Holiday being Caucasian, few Black people, or otherwise would have known about Rodney King's fate.

    I don't know about other jurisdictions, but in Los Angeles, government employees are being held accountable. A while back, while driving an over 26,000 lb tanker truck, while on City business, I was involved in an accident that killed a Caucasian senior citizen. Had I not followed the rules, or not been using City property for City business, slim chance exists where the Los Angeles City attorney's office would have represented me. I would have had to finance my own legal defense.

    The same can be said for any other city employee. Now days, police officers in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and/or nearby jurisdictions, are really being scrutinized, so much so, that as stated before, far fewer incidents take place where any police officer is going to be so bold as to knowingly over step his or her boundaries.
    Michael,.....Mr. Davis's fate would have been like so many other innocent Black men beaten down by police before him.
    I agree.

    Michael,
    I'm sorry to hear about the accident that you had, and the senior citizen's family.
    In cases like the one that you had, the question is, were you doing what you were supposed to be doing. You're right.

    From what you stated the LAPD has undergone a turnaround from complete lawlessness.
    Man Beaten in New Orleans Says Racism Not to Blame
    Compiled by the DiversityInc staff

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    © 2005 DiversityInc.com

    October 12, 2005

    Charges of racism arose after the beating of a black man by white police officers this weekend was caught on tape. But Robert Davis, a retired teacher, told USA Today that his violent arrest in New Orleans says more about post-hurricane chaos than it does about racism. "Some people want to make it a race thing. I don't. That's demeaning to me," he said.



    Despite his claim, the Justice Department is investigating whether the 64-year-old's civil rights were violated. The incident took place Saturday night, after Davis left a restaurant in the French Quarter to smoke a cigarette. He said he asked an officer about the city's curfew and was interrupted by another. That offended him, and he told the police officer as much. That's when the brawl, which involved four officers, began.



    Davis, who faces charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest, said the officers, who pleaded not guilty to battery charges, should be fired. "They don't need to be on the force," he said. "It's not good for the city."



    "New Orleans is a place that has an open invitation to visitors," said Joseph Bruno, Davis' lawyer. "And they should know that they're not putting themselves at risk when they come here."



    Quote of the day:

    "Some people want to make it a race thing. I don't. That's demeaning to me."

    "”Robert Davis, the black retired teacher whose beating by white police officers in New Orleans was caught on tape. USA Today, Oct. 12.
    Yeah, I've seen this man interviewed, and he reallly doesn't believe it's a race thing. Everytime he says it I can see his lawyer cringe! No doubt he would love to make it a race issue!

    But this man is something else. He also says he harbors no animosity toward anyone and thanked the police chief for so promptly taking action on it. The man's daughter was pretty livid, though. If she has anything to do with it (like convincing her Daddy to quit saying stuff like he's not bitter about it! Eek) those cops will definitely swing for what they did.

    CNN shows the actual tape of him lying in a pool of blood, with his face completely beaten. It was absolutely horrible that anyone would do that to a 64-year-old person. The state ought to tie those police down and let a bus load of senior citizens kick their asses for a while and see how they like it!
    I think that he is suffering from that same brain damage that Dennis(can't remember the last name) was suffering from after being pulled from his truck and nearly beaten to death during the L.A. riots - he also was adamate about not having any animosity - I guess it is hard to feel animosity for something that you cannot remember happening because you were beaten so badly that the incident itself was blocked out of your memory.
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    I think that he is suffering from that same brain damage that Dennis(can't remember the last name) was suffering from after being pulled from his truck and nearly beaten to death during the L.A. riots - he also was adamate about not having any animosity - I guess it is hard to feel animosity for something that you cannot remember happening because you were beaten so badly that the incident itself was blocked out of your memory.


    His name was Reginald Denny.
    Some people seem to never learn; either that or they are in too deep in their own destruction to easily or quickly get out. Then again, who knows, the incident itself may have had a negative affect on his brain - something else people rarely talk about in police brutality - it seems almost a miracle the most people nearly beaten to death by a or especially several police officers, does not come away brain damaged or permanently crippled, etc., in some way or another.

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