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EricaLubarsky
08-03-2006, 03:15 AM
Reserve center, 37, is in an altercation with police at a hotel and is charged with four misdemeanors.
http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/41768/20060803/dale_davis_arrested_tasered_in_miami_beach/

Joanne C. Gerstner / The Detroit News

Pistons reserve center Dale Davis was arrested early Tuesday morning in Miami Beach, Fla., after an altercation with police that ended with a Taser shot.

Davis has been charged with four misdemeanors: disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence, assault and assault of a law enforcement officer.

Each count carries a maximum of six months in jail and a $500 fine.

According to the police report, Davis, 37, threatened officers and had to be subdued by a Taser to be arrested. The Taser burst left small puncture marks on his chest and abdomen, according to police.

Davis' agent, Chubby Wells, said they are looking into their legal options against the Miami Beach police department.

"We're talking to attorneys right now," Wells said Wednesday.

"It's Dale's name on the line, and all I can say is that things did not go down the way they say it did."

The Pistons also are aware of the arrest.

"We are not going to comment publicly on this until we get all the information," Pistons representative Kevin Grigg said.

According to the police report, Davis allegedly caused a disturbance and assaulted someone at the South Beach Marriott.

Hotel security called police, and the officers confronted Davis in the lobby.

The police report did not say Davis was intoxicated or otherwise impaired.

Davis allegedly refused police orders to produce identification. A friend who was with Davis calmed him and got him to produce the ID.

Miami Beach police representative Bobby Hernandez said the incident could have ended there, without the arrest, if Davis had been cooperative.

"Once you threaten police, it's over," Hernandez said Wednesday night. "You can't go there."

The police and Davis proceeded outside, where Davis allegedly began to shout a profanity and accuse the police of targeting him because of his race. Things escalated when Davis allegedly put his hands in his pockets, a move police saw as a threat. They demanded he show his hands.

Davis responded: "I don't have a gun! Are you going to shoot me?"

He eventually removed his hands but then balled up his fists, as if ready for a fight, and walked threateningly toward officers, according to the report.

Davis was ordered to stop, or the police would use the Taser -- a device that shoots two probes, up to 30 feet, to deliver an electrical charge. The quick burst of electricity temporarily immobilizes the victim.

Davis ignored repeated orders to stop moving toward officers with his fists clinched, the report said. The police shot Davis with the Taser. He fell and was subdued for the arrest. Police said he was cooperative in custody.

Davis now will be subpoenaed for arraignment.

Hernandez said it is common for these types of cases to end in a pretrial diversion agreement, allowing a person to perform anger management or community service.

If Davis takes a diversion agreement, the charges will not appear on his record.

Davis isn't the only athlete recently arrested in Miami Beach.

Guard Gilbert Arenas and forward Awvee Storey of the Washington Wizards and former Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes, now a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers, were arrested in May after run-ins with the police.

chumdawg
08-03-2006, 03:44 AM
That's how bad-ass Dale Davis is. It takes a Taser gun to bring that man down.

This article doesn't say what Dale Davis did to find himself in the crosshairs of the formidable Miami Beach Polic Department. Being that big and that black may well have been enough on its own.

EricaLubarsky
08-03-2006, 03:50 AM
It says he assaulted someone, threatened the police officer that arrived and then tried to chest up with police that wanted him to stay a safe distance away.

Then again, race may have had to do with why they thought he was threatening.

kg_veteran
08-03-2006, 07:50 AM
It says he assaulted someone, threatened the police officer that arrived and then tried to chest up with police that wanted him to stay a safe distance away.

Then again, race may have had to do with why they thought he was threatening.

Or, it could have been the fact that he's 6'11" and about 290 lbs.

I wasn't there, so I can't comment on whether race was involved, but if I were the cops and he came toward me in a threatening manner, I'd use the taser, too, regardless of the color of his skin. It probably prevented a much worse incident.

jthig32
08-03-2006, 08:26 AM
Where, exactley, does this article say he took a swing at a cop? Pretty misleading title.

MavKikiNYC
08-03-2006, 08:38 AM
I wonder if the cop looked anything like Shawn Bradley.

DevinHarriswillstart
08-03-2006, 09:58 AM
Dale Dumbass.....I like that the Mavs has a "feel good about the team and players" atmosphere...too bad the rest of the league is an arrest a minute.

fluid.forty.one
08-03-2006, 10:32 AM
This doesn't suprise me at all considering that he used to play for the blazers.

V2M
08-04-2006, 12:07 PM
From Yahoo Sports
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Pistons' Davis arrested, shocked with stun gun on Miami Beach
August 4, 2006

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Detroit Pistons center Dale Davis was shocked with a stun gun and charged with assault and disorderly conduct in an altercation with Miami Beach police.

Davis was arrested Tuesday at a Miami Beach hotel and accused of threatening police, security guards and shouting profanities, police said.

Chubby Wells, Davis' agent, said he plans to file a lawsuit against police for their treatment of the 15-year NBA veteran.

"It was so ridiculous, it's unbelievable," Wells said. "We're going to take a stand."

Police were called to the hotel by the security workers and Davis was repeatedly asked to leave, but refused, according to the report.

After giving officers his identification, Davis and the officers went outside, where the 6-foot-11 player accused the officers of targeting him because he is black. 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. 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.

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 gun if he continued.

He didn't stop, and an officer used the stun gun to hit Davis in the chest and he fell to the ground. He was taken into custody and charged with assault, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

Davis played for Indiana, Portland and Golden State before joining the Pistons as a reserve last season. A Detroit spokesmen didn't return phone messages seeking comment Friday.

Updated on Friday, Aug 4, 2006 12:11 pm EDT

Drbio
08-04-2006, 01:12 PM
If a cop tells me he is about to use his taser and to stop....I'm pretty sure that I will stop.

Thespiralgoeson
08-04-2006, 07:05 PM
F*ck Dale Davis.

StackAttack
08-04-2006, 07:11 PM
Dale Dumbass.....I like that the Mavs has a "feel good about the team and players" atmosphere...too bad the rest of the league is an arrest a minute.

Hrm, never realized it but you're right, all the Mavs are just great people, whereas every other team has that one bugger...cept maybe the Spurs...

EricaLubarsky
08-04-2006, 07:22 PM
If a cop tells me he is about to use his taser and to stop....I'm pretty sure that I will stop.
But with a good lawyer you could get the cop to tazer you, and then sue the force for millions and win. Excessive force!!!!

Just211
08-04-2006, 07:59 PM
shit like this pisses me off. I have two friends that are cops, and they put up with this shit daily. People need to remember that if it wasn't for tasers, they'd be getting the old fashioned ass kicking. Cops have to warn twice before tasing, so if you're dumb enough to keep resisting, they might as well assume you're high.
And one more thing, cops have to be tased, before they are alowed to use a taser. It's part of their training. I've seen videos, and I know they DO actually get tased, pepper sprayed, and beaned bagged as part of the training.

And it's HILARIOUS :D

dude1394
08-04-2006, 10:14 PM
If this numb-nuts sues the cops I hope they manage to throw aggravated assault charges at him. What a puss.

mkat
08-05-2006, 12:37 AM
Hrm, never realized it but you're right, all the Mavs are just great people, whereas every other team has that one bugger...cept maybe the Spurs...

oh Stack used to be a "bugger".

i'm glad he's chilled out.

nashtymavsfan13
08-06-2006, 02:42 PM
One more reason I love the Mavs so much. Great people from a great organization.

DevinHarriswillstart
08-06-2006, 02:53 PM
oh Stack used to be a "bugger".

i'm glad he's chilled out.


Until maybe his playing time gets taken away with our ridiculously deep roster.