South Bend Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. today spoke publicly for the first time about his controversial Facebook post.
Davis read a short, carefully scripted statement that addressed the situation but he did not take questions.
Davis had his wife by his side and his minister standing behind him—both physically and figuratively.
About two dozen supporters and curious onlookers gathered in the lobby of the County City Building to hear the statement this morning.
Davis posted a crude picture that depicted bestiality.
“This blog post and accompanying image was an attempt to start a discussion on a reading that jarred my sensibilities although posted to my Facebook page, it’s not an expression of my personal or political views. Many people have found it offensive. It was a mistake on my part and for that I am truly remorseful and I ask for my, I ask you for your forgiveness.”
Lorraine Harper is a family friend and second district constituent who came to hear from Davis today. “He responded in a way where he did not say he didn’t do it, he apologized. All of this right here, I think should be his punishment.”
Several citizens have filed complaints with the city council over the incident, and one has filed a police report.
Coucilman Davis today made clear his intent to continue serving the city’s second district.