Ferguson, Missouri has been in the headlines recently after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Now, another story of police brutality in Ferguson is coming to light.
A shocking story from The Daily Beast tells the story of Henry Davis, an innocent man who was wrongfully arrested, assaulted by officers and charged with property damage for getting blood on the officers’ shoes.
“On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of ‘property damage’ to wit did transfer blood to the uniform,” the police charge sheet rep`ortedly reads.
Davis was reportedly held in a jail cell for days after officers beat him, and he was eventually charged with four counts of property damage for getting blood on the police officers’ shoes. As it turned out, the officers arrested the wrong Henry Davis to begin with, and as Davis kept insisting to the officers that he was innocent, the bloody assault eventually ensued.
“They started hitting me,” said Davis of the assault. “I was getting hit and I just covered up. I almost passed out at that point ... Paramedics came. They said it was too much blood, I had to go to the hospital.”
Following the incident and the property damage charges, Davis filed a civil suit, but during the court session, two of the responsible officers reportedly denied getting blood on their shoes. In the end, the judge sided with the city, and the property damage charges against Davis were dropped.
The disturbing details of Davis’ 2009 incident bring to light what could be a serious issue within the Ferguson Police Department, especially after Michael Brown’s recent death at the hands of an officer.