GALVESTON, TX – It certainly didn’t take long for the video to get people’s attention. Reginald Davis was beaten by Galveston cops at the Seawall, in March. The Galveston Police Department is standing by the officers’ actions. Here’s what we know.
Davis has prior non-violent drug offenses. Cops say they thought Davis was running towards the water to get rid of potential evidence, but none of that evidence was ever found.
Davis was also charged with assault on a public servant, but was never convicted. Davis maintains his innocence.
Anyone who is not involved in the case has pretty much the same reaction when they see the video for the first time. Overwhelmingly, they’re shocked and disgusted at the actions of the police. Melissa Eller and Brittany Duvail saw the video while they were visiting the City of Galveston. Eller told NewsFix, “You don’t do an animal like that so I think it’s inhumane what [police] did.”
Galveston resident Lloyd Phillips asked the question, “…How many people does it take to subdue someone and how long does it take? It’s awful.”
As of now, Galveston PD has not taken any action against the officers and the department says the cops were acting within policy and made a lawful arrest.
This won’t be the last time you hear about this Seawall smack down however, as the tides can always turn.