Gluek's bouncer says MPD officers taunted William Davis after he was assaulted outside bar

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Officers weren't interested in coming to Davis's aid or chasing after the suspects who allegedly assaulted him, a witness says.
Around closing time Sunday morning, Gluek's bouncer Chris Welton heard yelling and fighting outside the bar and went to see what was going on. Once outside, he says he saw William Davis on the ground.

Davis, who Welton doesn't know personally, had apparently just been beaten up. His girlfriend was standing nearby and crying, and bystanders pointed toward two men who they said were responsible for the assault.

THE BACKSTORY: William Davis, AM950 producer, jumped downtown, says cop said: "That's what you get"

Welton saw two cops sitting in a SUV squad parked along First Avenue across the parking lot from where the assault occurred. As the suspects approached the bar entrance where he and others were standing, Welton says he yelled out to the cops in hopes they'd help out. But the officers didn't chase after the suspects, who ran past Gleuk's, down the street, and into the night.

According to Welton's account of events, as the suspects fled, Davis scraped himself off the ground and approached the squad.

"They were screaming back and forth, one of the cops called [Davis] a 'fucking pussy' and said, 'If you weren't such a little bitch that wouldn't happen to you,'" Welton said, adding that he pulled Davis -- who was tipsy, dazed and upset -- away from the squad.

"I told [the cops], 'Protect and serve? Do your fucking job,'" Welton continued. "One of them said something back to me, and then they floored it and took off."

Welton said both he and another bouncer took note of the squad SUV's plate number. We've passed that information along to the MPD.

Welton, 28, has been bouncing at Gluek's for about a year and says bar employees generally have a positive relationship with police. He said there's rarely problems requiring police assistance at the bar -- "It's a good, chill vibe. People are just there to have fun," he said -- but when issues have arisen, officers have generally responded professionally.

In this case, however, he characterized the behavior of the two officers as "totally inappropriate."

"They weren't going to do anything," he said.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

@atrupar What's going on with the discrepancies between your ongoing stories here?  What exactly was the exchange between the police and the victim/bouncer.  Your stories tell two different tales.  

tarnishedsophia
tarnishedsophia

Absolutely despicable. A victim is a victim, regardless of sex or gender. These cops should be ashamed of themselves and the case looked at immediately.

But it probably won't be, and we'll just have more men afraid to report crimes against their person. True equality will never happen if this is the norm...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Chris Welton heard yelling and fighting outside the bar and went [sic] what was going on."

Fail!

johnny21guns
johnny21guns

Ha Ha Ha,
You're a Lib Tard and you got what you deserve.  I was assaulted by a thug, I shot him in the heart while I was laying on the ground.  He died I lived.  I only regret not being able to urinate on his dead body.

You're lucky they didn't haul away your GF and ass rape her. Bad news is subconsciously she knows if she needs protection, she's not going to get it from you. 

Nice Hat loser.

penguin
penguin

what license plate number did they record......the one that says police.....right, was probably some parking lot security 

Beverly Gores
Beverly Gores

Not that I don't believe him, I do, but I wish this had been taped. Is there a tape from the cop car? I believe the Chief of Police would want to see it.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I can say I have met 2 nice cops in my life. I have never been arrested or even come close. That gives them like a .080 batting average. Having worked downtown and seen lots of crime, I have witnessed more cops standing around watching the entertainment than those actively pursuing trouble makers or resolving conflict. I guess all they care about is more tickets so they can buy more guns and fancy cop cars. Pigs.

Hopefully people are waking up and realizing the establishment is against us, not for us. They don't want us to know their secrets, so they can keep their power and expense accounts.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Its normal for them they only work when they want tooi

therightreverendlarr
therightreverendlarr

I don't know, I would think if you want to police to help you, don't start out by screaming at them.

Dred Wiberg
Dred Wiberg

Those police should be fired immediately.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

The police make reports, if you want protection get a gun.

ElRoy LeRoy
ElRoy LeRoy

'If you weren't such a little bitch that wouldn't happen to you,' lol! WTF!

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

What's even worse is the complaint process. The bouncers may have a different avenue they are able to take but if a civilian wants to file a complaint it takes nearly a year before your voice will be heard.

Glo4
Glo4

My son got beat up downtown Mpls and found a police officer and was told 'You probably deserved it'. I had to pick him up & take him to the ER. Don't the Mpls police have any sympathy for victims?

kennyX
kennyX

Hey Rupar....where did you hear of this incident? I checked out CCO, Kare 11, and Fox and no one else is reporting on this. You would think this would be a major news story.

jason.carle
jason.carle

Probably because the cops were in on it...

Robert VanZandt Jr
Robert VanZandt Jr

Good Old MPD. If they're not running over a motorcycle, they have time to taunt another.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@bill.e.goat I don't see how the two versions aren't consistent with each other.

jsonwerner
jsonwerner

i doubt the Chief would care.  MPLS cops have a bad rep for a reason.

jsonwerner
jsonwerner

way to be on the right side of this one, brah

mrdave
mrdave

@Dred Wiberg They should, but won't.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@kennyX From Davis and the bouncer himself. 

bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

@atrupar @bill.e.goat Ok, so over in the other story you have this: "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."

And then, in this story it's different:
"They were screaming back and forth, one of the cops called [Davis] a 'fucking pussy' and said, 'If you weren't such a little bitch that wouldn't happen to you,'" Welton said, adding that he pulled Davis -- who was tipsy, dazed and upset -- away from the squad. 

I don't see anywhere in the first story that they were "screaming" at one another...nor where the cops called Davis 'a fucking pussy'.  Perhaps you could more clearly lay out all of the facts in one story so people have a better idea of what really went down rather than baiting people into "Fuck the Police".  I am not saying that the cops acted professionally, I just want to hear the full story behind this.  Especially when this is the only news source reporting this that I have been able to find.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@DavidFoureyes  Dude, seriously.  Don't feed the trolls.  This is just Keny-Kenny-KennyX not logged in.


Or perhaps DigitalProtocol.

Either way...  :/

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@jsonwerner Ditto, the current chief is just padding her resume' .  As for MPD actually enforcing anything? Why, any time they touch a perp in a proactive fashion they're assailed by community groups and their own chief as being take your pick of ____ist.  I've met enough of them to know they're just making time and they really only respond to pick up the pieces.

WilliamJ83
WilliamJ83

@bill.e.goat @atrupar Perhaps because said victim was smashed on his head all the details weren't perfectly clear or easily remembered.  The article even goes out of the way to state how shaken up and groggy he was

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@bill.e.goat @atrupar its called multiple accounts of what took place from multiple sources

go back to grade 9 billygoat

Rupar gimme a fkn jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaab

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@_Joe_ @DavidFoureyes Who me? This shit will get deleted before anyone sober sees it...

kennyX
kennyX

@CinBlueland Yet if a white suburban guy like me accidentally makes a turn onto Nicollet Mall where only buses or taxis are allowed (OK, this only happened once), three squad cars will pull me over and give me a lecture about how I didn't see the "Buses and Taxis Only" sign, while the lowlifes of Minneapolis are smoking blunt and harassing pedestrians on Nicollet Mall. They just magically ignore them while focusing on my "criminal" activity. The ironic thing? They didn't even give me a ticket. 

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