A lawyer for New Orleans officers accused of beating a retired teacher as they tried to arrest him said a videotape doesn’t tell the whole story, reports the Associaed Press. Attorney Frank DeSalvo disputed details the video shot by Associated Press Television News appears to show, including whether the suspect was punched in the face. “I see an incident of a man trying to be brought under control who doesn’t want to be brought under control,” DeSalvo said.
The man who was beaten, Robert Davis, 64, pleaded not guilty to charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation. Davis has described himself as a recovering substance abuser who has not had a drink in 25 years. Two city officers accused in the beating, and a third accused of grabbing and shoving an APTN producer, are charged with battery. The three officers have been suspended without pay. Lt. David Benelli, president of the police union, said the suspensions would be appealed.