William Davis, AM950 producer, jumped downtown, says cop said: "That's what you get"
Davis (right); photos of his head and his girlfriend's legs after they were assaulted (left).
William Davis, producer of the Morning Grind radio show on AM950, was out celebrating his 30th birthday in downtown Minneapolis Saturday night when he was jumped by two men in a parking lot near Gluek's.
Davis says he was sitting on a concrete half-wall at the intersection of 6th Street and 1st Avenue with his girlfriend and two other friends around 1:30 Sunday morning when the men approached. Out of nowhere, a man he described as black, about 5'9", cornrowed, and wearing a blue checkered shirt punched him in the throat and threw him to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. The men started stomping him, then robbed him of his cell phone and wallet. (Davis described the other suspect as also black, "bigger and wearing a black tshirt.")
After his head cleared and he was helped to his feet by his friends, Davis's girlfriend went after the two suspects, who were still in the parking lot. Davis says she received a punch to the face for her effort and fell, skinning her knees (post-assault photos of Davis's head and his girlfriend's knee are at the top of this post).
Moments after his girlfriend was punched, Davis saw two MPD officers sitting in an SUV squad along 1st Avenue. With the suspects still lingering on the other end of the parking lot, Davis approached the cop to report what had just happened.
"I'm guessing [the cops] didn't see what happened, but I walked over, told them I got the shit kicked out of me and robbed, my girlfriend was punched, and the cop literally looks me in the eye and says, 'Well, that's what you get for partying downtown.' And he drives away," Davis said. "I'm like, 'What the fuck?' I was bleeding down my head when I approached them and I was slightly angry, but I think I can be excused for that, especially when [the cops] were within eyeshot of the whole thing."
Shaken up literally and figuratively, Davis and his girlfriend retreated to their hotel room at Westin. Once they arrived, they decided to call the MPD and file a police report. They made the call around 3 a.m. and waited in the lobby for an officer to arrive, but Davis says they still hadn't heard back by 4:30 and simply decided to go to bed.
Later that day, Davis says he saw a cop on patrol near his Stevens Square-area apartment and finally filed a report about what happened earlier that morning.
Davis, understandably, is upset about the MPD's alleged unhelpfulness, and especially with the officer's "That's what you get" blowoff.
"I basically live in downtown Minneapolis, so I'm not some guy from the suburbs," he said. "I'm at Gluek's having a birthday party with my family."
For better or worse, Davis said he doesn't plan to pursue the matter beyond the report he already filed. He says he suffered a concussion during the assault and can't remember the badge number of the officer who blew him off, though he described him as "a larger black guy with a shaved head."
"I'm not going to file a complaint against the officer. I don't want to have a target on my back," Davis said. "You know how these cops are, they stick up for each other until the end."
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