Fla. man arrested for beating Dallas Police officer
(Dallas Morning News) DALLAS – Police say a 26-year-old Florida man beat an officer who tried to get him to leave a Far North Dallas cellphone store.
Thomas Landell Davidson of Lake Wales, Fla., has been charged with assaulting a public servant and criminal trespass. Police say the officer suffered multiple cuts and bruises and showed signs of a brain injury.
Police say Davidson tried to pay for three cellphones in cash Sunday at the wireless store in the 13700 block of Dallas Parkway. The cashier declined and asked Davidson to leave, making him upset, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The officer, who was working off-duty security at the store, walked over to Davidson and grabbed him by the arm to get him to leave, police said.
Police said the officer escorted Davidson out, pushed him out the doors and told him he was no longer welcome in the store.
Police said that is when Davidson turned around and clocked the officer “at least three times.” Davidson is listed at 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds.
After throwing the punches, Davidson grabbed the cop’s uniform and pulled him outside, police said. The two tried to take each other down; Davidson succeeded.
Police said Davidson straddled the officer’s chest and began beating him. A pair of onlookers came over and tried to pull Davidson off of the cop.
The officer managed to sit up and use his Taser on Davidson, but only one prong made contact, and didn’t appear to have an effect, according to the affidavit. The officer then took Davidson down, straddled him and used his stun gun repeatedly on Davidson’s back.
Davidson was taken to Medical City Dallas Hospital. The officer went home, and then was taken to an Arlington hospital after showing brain injury symptoms.
Davidson has no apparent criminal history. He is in Dallas County jail in lieu of $5,500 bail.
The officer, who is 30, is a five-year veteran of the department. He is assigned to the metro task force.
Dallas Fraternal Order of Police President Richard Todd said Monday that he was upset the police department has mostly remained silent on the case. The department put out a news release later in the afternoon.
He also said he was grateful to the witnesses who helped pull Davidson off the officer.