San Antonio resident shares story of violent encounter with police officer while in college

Charles Davis says he was brutally beaten by officer outside San Marcos in early 2000s

San Antonio resident Charles Davis shared his story of a violent encounter with police officer while he was in college.

SAN ANTONIO – You may not know Charles Davis by name, but if you follow UTSA Athletics, then you recognize his work.

Davis is the Assistant Athletics Director of Creative Services for UTSA.


He is the design artist behind the posts you see on the UTSA Athletics social media feed.

When a talented recruit commits to the Roadrunners, they usually post one of Davis’s graphics to make their announcement.

Davis was raised in San Antonio and attended Texas State University.

It was in college when Davis had a violent encounter with a police officer where he was brutally beaten for no reason other than the color of his skin. The officer admitted as much to Davis after pulling him over as he was driving back from a party in Wimberley, Davis said.

He recently shared his story of police brutality in San Antonio Magazine and spoke to us for the first episode of KSAT Explains.

In the episode, we examined the unrest in America after the killing of George Floyd and the mass demonstrations to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Watch Davis’s story in the video above.

You can watch the full premiere episode below:

In the premiere episode of KSAT Explains, we take an in-depth look at the unrest we’ve seen across the country since the killing of George Floyd, how protests have played out here at home and examine what it means to be black in San Antonio.

About the Authors:

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.

Lexi Salazar produces KSAT Explains, a weekly, in-depth streaming show that digs into the most important issues facing San Antonio. She previously produced the News at 9, San Antonio's first streaming-only news program.