SB Councilman Davis fined $1 in traffic stop incident

A South Bend Common Councilman and his father today were both fined $1 in connection with a controversial traffic stop last October.

Henry Davis, Jr. and Henry Davis, Sr. both drove for blocks before they finally stopped for police.

Both say they feared for their safety and questioned the motives of officers.

Henry Davis, Jr. had been outspoken about the so-called police tapes that resulted in the firing of Chief Daryl Boykins.

“Without diving into what the motivation was not to pull over, when you cut through all of that and that there was not a high speed chase, if anything, junior put on his blinkers half way through this and considering everything involved, I felt this was an appropriate resolution,” said Special Prosecutor Michael McAlexander.

Henry Davis, Jr. had never been charged in connection with the case, but today he pleaded guilty to an infraction for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Henry Davis, Sr. was earlier arrested for misdemeanor reckless driving and faced up to 180-days in jail. Today, the reckless driving charge was dropped, and Henry Davis, Sr. pleaded guilty to failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Both Davis’ were fined $1 and had to pay court costs of about $100.

“What they should have done and what we ask all citizens to do is to pull over when an emergency vehicle stops them, even if they have concerns about why they’re being pulled over they should stop and sort it out with the police because the longer a chase goes on, the more dangerous is becomes for everybody ,” said McAlexander.


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