GALVESTON, TX--After doing what he thought was the responsible thing, a man napping by the side of the road found himself being savagely beaten by police and almost drowned in the surf. He is now suing the city, as well as two officers involved in the incident, in federal court.
Reginald Deon Davis, 34, was returning to his home in La Marque after a friend's birthday party early in the morning of March 19th when he decided that he was too exhausted to drive any further. Pulling his car over to the seawall, Davis let his wife know he would be late coming home and dozed off. Unfortunately for Davis, it is against city ordinance to sleep in a car without a camping permit. Around 1:45AM, Officer Jose Santos, one of the officers named in the lawsuit, found Davis sleeping and asked him to get out of his vehicle.
This was a tough spot for Davis to be in, as he had two strikes and some outstanding traffic violations. After being searched and asked to stand by the patrol car, Davis fled on foot. Officers reported that they believed Davis was trying to dispose of some evidence into the ocean, but Davis maintains that he was running in fear of losing his freedom. He was possibly facing a third strike, which could mean an exorbitant prison sentence.