Evangelist and other police officers were accused of using excessive force while arresting Davis on Oct. 8, 2005. The beating was filmed by an Associated Press Television News crew covering the aftermath of the hurricane.
Davis, then 64, was in town checking on property he owned. He heard there was a curfew, so he stopped to ask a police officer on Bourbon Street about the curfew. Davis claimed Evangelist intervened and slammed him against a wall, where he was kicked and beaten. Evangelist claimed Davis seemed disoriented and elbowed him in the chest when he approached him. "The video of the incident is chilling," Feldman wrote in his ruling. "While Evangelist states in his deposition that he never hit Davis in the head ... the video at best is clear on a central point: Davis was kicked (and) beaten by one or more police officers."
Trial was set to begin today. "It was a situation wherein it was in the best interests of all parties to resolve this matter," said Franz Zibilich, an attorney for the city.
Yep. I guess so........
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