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    New Orleans Police Beating Caught on Tape

    By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer 9 minutes ago

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans police officers repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another city officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.
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    There will be a criminal investigation, and the three officers were to be suspended, arrested and charged with simple battery Sunday, Capt. Marlon Defillo said.

    "We have great concern with what we saw this morning," Defillo said after he and about a dozen other high-ranking police department officials watched the APTN footage Sunday. "It's a troubling tape, no doubt about it. ... This department will take immediate action."

    The assaults 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 man at least four times in the head Saturday night as he stood outside a bar near Bourbon Street. The suspect, Robert Davis, appeared to resist, twisting and flailing as he was dragged to the ground by four officers. One of the four then kneed Davis and punched him twice. Davis was face-down on the sidewalk with blood streaming down his arm and into the gutter.

    Meanwhile, a fifth officer ordered APTN producer Rich Matthews and the cameraman to stop recording. When Matthews held up his credentials and explained he was working, 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 later identified himself as S.M. Smith.

    Police said Davis, 64, 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.

    "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."

    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.

    Three of the five officers — including Smith — are New Orleans officers, and two others appeared to be federal officers. Numerous agencies have sent police to help with patrols in the aftermath of Katrina.

    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.

    Officers 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."

    Many officers deserted their posts in the days after Katrina, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. At least two committed suicide.

    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.

  • #2
    Throw them in jail....
    Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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    • #3
      This page has a link to the beating.


      Police spokesman says police suspended, and arrested for simple battery.
      Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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      • #4
        saw this earlier. that was crazy. it was like watching gang members not cops.

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        • #5
          More fuel for the fire.

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          • #6
            OH shit I just saw it on cnn, they showed him after the beating, there was a POOL of blood, pouring from his mouth, it's really bad, they fucked that guy up.
            Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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            • #7
              The police officers probably used too much force. We don't know what happened prior to the video starting. I don't think there was a need to hit him when he was on the ground.

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              • #8
                Damn, they really jacked him good.

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                • #9
                  Typical police behavior, whether it be New Orleans, Peoria or Arnold. When you give goons a badge and the power that goes with it, they will at some point abuse that power.
                  They should all go to jail for a lengthy stay. Fuck em. I hope they all get assraped.
                  But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Oct 9 2005, 09:16 PM) Quoted post

                    saw this earlier. that was crazy. it was like watching gang members not cops.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    ++

                    In my experience, the Police Gang is the biggest, baddest and best organized.
                    Damn these electric sex pants!

                    26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

                    Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                    • #11
                      No way is it the best organized. It's longevity lends itself to human fear and the unfortunate fact they have a legal monopoly on use of force.
                      Un-Official Sponsor of Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist

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                      • #12
                        Uh, did I miss something? I don't see the guy being beaten in that video. I see them wrestling him to the ground. I do see a cop getting pretty out of hand with a reporter. Can't see the cop punch the reporter in the stomach because there is a guy in the way. Is there other video of Davis being beaten?

                        Moon

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(Moon Man @ Oct 10 2005, 08:47 AM) Quoted post

                          Uh, did I miss something? I don't see the guy being beaten in that video. I see them wrestling him to the ground. I do see a cop getting pretty out of hand with a reporter. Can't see the cop punch the reporter in the stomach because there is a guy in the way. Is there other video of Davis being beaten?

                          Moon
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                          On TV this morning, I saw the cop punch the guy in the back of the head. Wasn't holding back either. You can definitely kill someone like that.
                          But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(Fred Garvin @ Oct 10 2005, 07:53 AM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(Moon Man @ Oct 10 2005, 08:47 AM) Quoted post

                            Uh, did I miss something? I don't see the guy being beaten in that video. I see them wrestling him to the ground. I do see a cop getting pretty out of hand with a reporter. Can't see the cop punch the reporter in the stomach because there is a guy in the way. Is there other video of Davis being beaten?

                            Moon
                            [/b][/quote]


                            On TV this morning, I saw the cop punch the guy in the back of the head. Wasn't holding back either. You can definitely kill someone like that.
                            [/b][/quote]

                            Ah, the infamous Donkey Poon-Jab. Don't see that out on the street too often, but those New Orleans cops ARE hard-core.

                            Moon

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(Moon Man @ Oct 10 2005, 08:56 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(Fred Garvin @ Oct 10 2005, 07:53 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(Moon Man @ Oct 10 2005, 08:47 AM) Quoted post

                              Uh, did I miss something? I don't see the guy being beaten in that video. I see them wrestling him to the ground. I do see a cop getting pretty out of hand with a reporter. Can't see the cop punch the reporter in the stomach because there is a guy in the way. Is there other video of Davis being beaten?

                              Moon
                              [/b][/quote]


                              On TV this morning, I saw the cop punch the guy in the back of the head. Wasn't holding back either. You can definitely kill someone like that.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Ah, the infamous Donkey Poon-Jab. Don't see that out on the street too often, but those New Orleans cops ARE hard-core.

                              Moon
                              [/b][/quote]


                              I remember a few years back (late 90's), reading a N.O. newspaper want ads, where I saw that the starting salary for cops was 13K. Probably didn't even need a GED.

                              With wages like that, they gotta go for some commisions to make ends meet, an atmosphere that breeds corruption and goon-ness.
                              But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
                              ...

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