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Internal affairs investigating controversial arrest where Columbus police are seen beating and kicking Timothy Davis




A Columbus mom wants answers after she says her son was brutally beaten by Columbus police while he was being arrested last week.

“This is no joking matter,” said Valerie Johnson, mother of Timothy Davis, 31, who appeared in court last week in a wheel chair and with bruises on his face.

“This is my child, they messed up my son,” said Johnson.

Cell phone video of Davis being arrested last week by Columbus police for an open warrant related to resisting arrest, started popping up on social media a few days later.

In the video you can see plain clothes officers hitting Davis, and kicking him, at one point his pants fall to his knees.

“In this particular case, there is an internal investigation going on by internal affairs,” said Sgt. Dean Worthington, with Columbus Police.

Columbus police is not talking publicly about the incident, because of the internal investigation now underway.

Charging documents obtained by ABC 6/FOX 28 state, officers identified themselves and told Davis he was under arrest. Davis said he wasn’t going to be placed under arrest and tensed up to fight.

Franklin County Municipal Court documents go on to say, officers grabbed a hold of Davis and he pulled away, he then took an officer to the ground, biting and fighting officers.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs tells ABC 6/FOX 28 she has seen the video but had no further comment.

Law enforcement said they can use whatever force is necessary within reason to get control of the suspect.

“We can match their force with our force, and one step above that,” said Worthington.

Davis is no stranger to the court system. He has an arrest record that goes back years and served time for robbery and kidnapping.

Davis is currently wanted in Kentucky for assaulting a state trooper earlier this year during a traffic stop.

Davis was arrested last week for a nearly year old open warrant in Columbus, that charges him with resisting arrest, including accusing him of kicking a police officer.

Despite her son’s criminal and arrest record, Johnson says he never should have been treated like that by officers.

“His head, his face, his ribs, he’s like almost broken,” said Johnson, “I want justice.”

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FOX 8 journalist Nancy Parker killed in New Orleans East plane crash



NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – Nancy Parker, a journalist at FOX 8 for 23 years, was killed in a small plane crash in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon.

The pilot of the plane, Franklin J.P. Augustus was also killed.

Parker was shooting a story in a stunt plane with Augustus, who was a member of a Louisiana group that honored the Tuskegee Airmen.

Various emergency agencies responded to a plane crash that happened just after 3 p.m. in a field near Jourdan Rd. and Morrison Rd.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the plane involved was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft and crashed about a half-mile south of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport under unknown circumstances.

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Charlotte Mayor, other African American city and county leaders receive racist, threatening letter



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than a dozen city leaders, all of them African American except for one, received a letter in the mail to their respective offices that was threatening and racist. Now, police are taking a close look. 

“If I can assume the intent, the intent was to intimidate,” Councilman Braxton Winston said. 

He was one of the people who received the letter. Winston said two weeks ago he was opening mail at his office at the Government Center in uptown when he started reading a hateful message. 

“We get hate-mail all the time,” he said. “But this one was unique … It was pretty intense, pretty intense, [and] pretty well thought out.”

The letter read in part,  “…Each of you despicable BLACK democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town (my town) on a rail…”

“From go back to where you came from, to tarred and feathering which I take as a form of lynching,” Winston said, remembering what the letter said. 

“What I would call pretty racist, bigoted,” he added. 

The letter was also addressed to police, fire, and CMS officials. 

It blamed African Americans for various things, praised President Donald Trump and used a phrase that was chanted by his supporters at a North Carolina rally earlier this year: “Send her back” 

The letter writes, “I do believe you need to go back to where you came from if you don’t BEGIN to show this great country some RESPECT and HONOR.”

It went on to say, “leave our Confederate Memorials and statues alone” and eluded to someone “blowing up the infamous ‘adulterer’ MLK statues.”

“I’m turning my letter over to the FBI,” said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake, who also received a copy in the mail. 

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Colin Kaepernick Marks 3rd Anniversary Of National Anthem Protest With Video



To mark three years since he began a civil rights protest by not standing during the national anthem at an NFL game, Colin Kaepernick shared an emotional video Wednesday paying tribute to people affected by police brutality. 

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who’s been unsigned since the season he began protesting, tweeted the video with a promise that he’s continuing to “work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation,” referring to the disproportionate number of Black people killed by police.

The video features remarks from friends and family of Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Philando Castile, who were all victims of police violence.

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