Mother Arrested at Bus Stop in Violent Confrontation With Deputies as Children Watch
FlaglerLive | September 19, 2016
Tyisha Davis, a 36-year-old resident of Ash Street Daytona North, was jailed Friday on charges that included battery on a police officer and disrupting an educational institution after she allegedly refused to let a school bus continue its route. Davis claimed the confrontation was racially motivated (she is black) and that she would not have been arrested had she been white.
The bus driver had just told Davis that her son had been involved in a fight on the bus, but Davis was not getting answers to the questions she was asking the bus driver, so she stood in the bus’ doorway, impeding its closure, as she called school authorities at the transportation department. The bus driver, 47-year-old Maryann Tomlinson, also called the department to request police.
The incident took place in mid-afternoon as the bus was dropping students off at the intersection of Almond Street and Mahogany Blvd. The bus was finishing a route from Bunnell Elementary. Five students were still on the bus at that point. (All their parents were contacted afterward by school authorities.)
When Tomlinson told Davis her 8-year-old son had attacked another boy on the bus, Davis started asking questions, which Tomlinson told cops she was “unable to answer,” so Davis allegedly “became hostile towards her standing in her doorway impeding her from leaving.” As Tomlinson was calling the bus depot, “Davis continuously screamed profanities and would not comply with repeated commands to move from the doorway and allow the bus to close the doors or move off the road,” the incident report states, relating Tomlinson’s account of the incident.
When deputies arrived Davis was standing in the open doorway of the bus, speaking on her phone, “visibly agitated,” the report states. Davis said she was speaking with the bus driver’s supervisor. The deputy, Benjamin Jurec, told her to step off the bus and come speak to deputy Crosbee, away from the bus, in order to put distance between the disturbance and the children on the bus, who were witnessing it all.
“Davis was immediately hostile and refused multiple verbal directions and commands,” the incident report states. “Davis then became noticeably more irate and hostile telling me not speak to her in that tone and to respect her because she was a Veteran at which time she started putting her fingers up into my face.”
The deputy continued his account: “I then attempted to escort Davis away from the interior of the open bus doors by her left arm, at which time Davis began to actively resist tensing up and pulling away from me. At that time I attempted to place Davis into an arm bar to regain control due to the unknown of any weapons she may have been concealing on her body and to keep her from entering the bus with the children. Both Deputy Crosbee and I gave loud and clear verbal commands for Davis to ‘stop resisting,’ which she failed to comply with our verbal commands. Davis then started to pull away from me, striking me several times by shoving her body back into me and kicking her legs.”
That’s when the deputies “redirected” Davis to the ground–a euphemism for taking her down. (Davis is listed as 5’4”, 150 lb., on her jail booking sheet.) Davis “continued to be physically combative with myself and Deputy Crosbee spitting as she was screaming at us until she was able to be secured.”
She was handcuffed and taken to the county jail.”She was verbally assaulting me during the entire transport with racial statements and profanity and accusing me of being racist,” the deputy reported. She claimed the deputy took her to jail only “because she was African American (but used the derogatory term). She also stated that this only occurred because she was black and if she was white nothing would have happened. She continued to state that this is why people hate cops and that she was going to sue the Sheriff’s office, myself and Deputy Crosbee because she knows her laws and she did nothing wrong.”
Davis had apparently come to the bus stop to pick up her 8 year old, bringing her 3 year old daughter. Since the children’s mother was taken to jail, the children, visibly upset, were placed back on the bus “for their safety,” the report states. They were eventually placed in the care of their grandparents.
Davis was charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer–both third-degree felonies–and disruption of an educational institution, a second-degree misdemeanor. She posted bail on $7,500 bond and was released.
The sheriff’s office is not yet releasing the videos, saying the case is still an active criminal investigation, though she sheriff’s office has already filed its charges.