Jury finds Pistons' Davis not guilty on assault charges

Updated: December 2, 2006, 10:13 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Detroit Pistons center Dale Davis was acquitted Friday on assault charges stemming from an altercation with police.

After deliberating for nearly two hours, the jury found Davis -- shocked with a stun gun by police -- not guilty of three counts of assault, one count of assault on a law officer and one count of resisting an officer without violence.

"It's been a long two days. I'm glad it's over. It was very difficult. Justice was served," the 6-foot-11 basketball player said.

Davis said he had not yet decided whether to file a civil lawsuit against Miami Beach police. A telephone call placed to a Miami Beach Police spokesman was not immediately returned Friday.

Davis was arrested Aug. 1 at a Miami Beach hotel and was accused of threatening security guards and police and leveling profanities at them, a police report said.

Police were called to the hotel by the security workers and officers repeatedly asked Davis to leave, but he refused, the report said.

After giving officers his identification, Davis and the officers went outside, where he accused the officers of targeting him because he is black, the report said.

Police said they asked Davis to remove his hands from his pockets for officer safety, and Davis complied after asking officers if they were going to shoot him.

Davis pulled out money, three cellular phones and credit cards, the report said. He put the items back in his pockets and said he'd beat up the officers if they took off their badges and got rid of their guns, the report said.

The report said Davis then balled his fists and began walking toward officers in an aggressive manner, and he was warned that he would be hit with a Taser if he continued, police said. He didn't stop, so an officer zapped Davis in the chest and he fell to the ground. He was taken into custody and charged.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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