Sunday, April 17th, at Baton Rouge’s annual Earth Day celebration, two Baton Rouge City Police officers were caught on video arresting 16-year-old Ja’Colby Davis. In the video Davis is seen with both hands behind his back as a white male police officer begins to punch Davis in the head.
The Rouge Collection spoke with Danielle Todd, the mother of Davis about the incident. She said her son was arrested Sunday and will appear before a judge at 1pm today (Monday). According to Todd her two sons, Davis and his younger brother, 14, were at the downtown Baton Rouge Earth Day event when a fight broke out near them. Police were attempting to distance citizens from the area and asked her sons to step back. They complied, according to Todd’s younger son. Then police grabbed Davis to push him further away. The younger brother says after Davis asked the officer why was he grabbing him, he was thrown to the ground.
Davis was punched in the head 6 times in the video The Rouge Collection obtained. He is seen with his hands behind his back and moving his hand in an attempt to cover his head from the officer’s blows. He was held down by 5 police officers. Davis is a sophomore at McKinley High School.
Danielle Todd, Davis’ mother said, “I feel like this shouldn’t happen to anyone’s child. No parent should have to see a video of police officers beating their child for asking a question.”
This is an example of what many African Americans face daily and the behavior that causes tension between police and the community. Around the country young black children are handled in an overly aggressive way by local police departments and their actions are defended by the departments that are paid to protect and serve the community. Davis is simply the latest in a long list of young black males that excessive force was used against.
The Rouge Collection reached out to BRPD spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola for comment, they were unable to comment at this time.