A 64-year-old retired teacher accused of being drunk and resisting arrest, and whose beating by New Orleans police was caught on videotape, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Robert Davis said he hasn't had a drink in 25 years.
A lawyer for Davis said charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation were groundless and that they should be dropped.
Following a short hearing, Davis was released on bond and had trial set for Jan. 18. Attorney Joseph Bruno also has said that his client plans to file a civil suit against the city.
Davis said he had not been drinking before he was beaten by two police officers, in a weekend confrontation taped by an Associated Press Television News crew. Those officers and a third accused of grabbing and shoving an APTN producer have pleaded not guilty to battery charges.
The beating has put another unwanted spotlight on the city's beleaguered police force following Hurricane Katrina.
The Justice Department also has opened a civil rights investigation stemming from the incident.