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UPDATE: South Bend Councilman Davis wants police protection


South Bend Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is asking for police protection.  In an open letter to Chief Teachman, Davis says he received a death threat on his phone.

Someone called Davis Thursday threatening to kill him. Davis says the number was restricted and he'd never heard the voice before. The person on the phone was irate, shouted obscenities and called him a snitch.

Davis went on to acknowledge his previous "adverse moments" with SBPD, including a traffic stop from last October, before saying that he feared for his life and hoped for a "prompt response" of police protection.

The complete letter from Councilman Davis is below:

Dear Chief Teachman:

As you are well aware of the current complaint that I have filed with your department on August 8, 2013 about a recent death threat called into my phone. Over the past several months I have encountered many adverse moments including the traffic stop last October 2012, when members from the SBPD pulled me over at gunpoint.  I am in fear of my life and I feel unsafe!

It is with this great concern for me and my family that I request police protection.  I have made complaints with the local FBI officials and I will continue to remain diligent to ensure the safety for me and my family.  As a child of God, resident, husband, father, and local elected official I hope my request is taken and responded to with great urgency.

I look forward to your prompt response in the very near future! Thank you and God bless!


Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.

Henry Davis, Jr. said,  "I haven't heard anything back from Teachman or anyone from the administration at all at this point.  I don't think that they even care at this point.  We're going to carry on like it's business as usual.  We're going to do what's necessary to protect ourselves and stay close to each other, know what our surroundings are and who we're sitting around so we're comfortable."

Police said they don't have the ability right now to provide 24/7 body-guards, but the department is aware of the death threat. They said they're taking it seriously and an investigator has been assigned the case.

Capt. Phil Trent, with the South Bend Police Dept. said,  "We're vigilant.  We're well aware of where he lives and we've assured him through the chief that we're going to pay attention to his residence.  Should he need anything he can call 911 right away."

Davis, Jr. says he plans to further address the issue at the next council meeting.

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