Man posted video of fatal beating online to taunt victim’s family
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – A man is facing charges for a fatal beating in Minneapolis that was recorded and posted on Facebook last month.
Emmanuel Davis, 19, is charged with murder for the violent attack that happened just over a month ago on March 6. He was arrested last month by Minneapolis police, about two weeks after the attack.
According to the criminal complaint, police believe Davis used his girlfriend to lure the victim into an ambush.
Police learned of the attack on March 6 after being alerted by a family member of the victim who said they received video showing a family member being violently attacked. According to the charges, the victim already appears to be unconscious at the start of the video. In the video, police say a man is seen standing over the victim and removing a cell phone from the victim’s coat pocket. The charges say the man then began stomping on the victim, kicking him in the head and neck – despite being already knocked unconscious.
Before he started stomping on the victim, police said the suspect asked “where are you whistling?” During the beating, officers say a girl’s voice can be heard laughing in the background. The video was later posted to the victim’s Facebook page, according to police.
After calling hospitals, police said they were able to locate the victim, who was unresponsive to severe head trauma at a local hospital. He died a few days later from his injuries, police said. According to police, when the video was posted to Facebook, it included a tag to a Facebook page linked to Davis.
Police questioned Davis, who they say admitted to attacking the victim and stealing the victim’s phone to send videos and messages to other people to “fuck them.” He also admitted to using his girlfriend to ambush the victim, police said.
According to the criminal complaint, Davis said he only planned to “stomp his a–, f— his a– for a little while.” He now faces a murder charge. According to the charges, the state plans to seek an upward waiver of sentence, if Davis is convicted in the case, due to the “particular cruelty exhibited [the victim] and his family.”
Police say Davis is already on extended juvenile probation for two previous aggravated robberies. It is unclear whether his girlfriend, who police say is underage, is facing charges.
Davis was being held at the Hennepin County jail but was transferred to the juvenile detention center, according to jail records.