Sep 03, 2013

Video contains graphic language. Reginald Davis has filed a civil suit against the Galveston Police Department and the City of Galveston for alleged excessive use of force after an altercation that was caught on dashboard video.

According to the Houston Chronicle:

The lawsuit alleges that on March 19 Davis was asleep in his car on the seawall, illegal in Galveston without a camping permit. Santos allegedly awakened Davis at 1:45 a.m. and asked him to place his hands on the hood of the police car. Davis ran onto the beach, was tased and tackled as he staggered to his feet, according to the lawsuit. Davis alleges that Santos, Chapman and three other officers beat him as he lay in the surf and forced his head under water.

Granted, the guy had a warrant out for his arrest, and he admitted he did run from the police when apprehended ; However, as KHOU points out, the arrest warrent was for a simple speeding offense, and if your arm was in a cast and you had 200-pound men waking you up and chasing you down, wouldn’t you run, too?

“You saw at least 20 strikes. You saw at least three kicks to the face. You saw a man’s head being held under water,” Chad Pinkerton, Davis’ attorney, told the station. “That’s excessive force.”

While Pinkerton did acknowledge the fact that this 34-year-old client did flee police, he says he did not resist arrest, especially since his right arm was in a cast.

“I really thought I was going to die. I really thought I was,” Davis said of the incident. “I made a mistake. I ran, I shouldn’t have done that.”