Robert Davis said he had returned to New Orleans to check on property his family owns in the storm-ravaged city, and was out looking to buy cigarettes when he was beaten and arrested Saturday night in the French Quarter.
Police have alleged that the 64-year-old Davis was publicly intoxicated, a charge he strongly denied as he stood on the street corner where the incident played out Saturday.
"I haven't had a drink in 25 years," Davis said. He had stitches beneath his left eye, a bandage on his left hand and complained of soreness in his back and aches in his left shoulder.
There's not much room for being mistaken on this one. Either he's lying, or the cops are. It's obvious the cops are lying about his resisting arrest. I find it hard to believe that the cops felt "intimidated" by him, since they outnumbered him, and one of them was on a horse. If the blood tests come back to indicate that he was intoxicated, I'll start giving the cops some benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, I hope they get an unfair and speedy trial.