VIDEO: Mass Protests After Cop Shoots Ronald Davis; Now Bodycam Is Out

Ronald Davis crashed into the back of Officer Steven Mattson's patrol vehicle, then immediately attacked him.

St. Paul, MN – Protesters and social justice warriors are demanding “justice” for a suspect who crashed into the back of a patrol vehicle and attacked the lone officer with a knife (video below).

St. Paul Police Officer Steven Mattson was patrolling in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood at approximately 6 p.m. on Sept. 15, when a vehicle suddenly ran into the back of his, MPR reported.

Bodycam footage showed Officer Mattson as he got out of the patrol car to speak with the other driver, who was later identified as 31-year-old Ronald Davis.

But by the time he got himself out of his patrol vehicle, Officer Mattson was already under attack with essentially no time to react.

Davis ran over to the officer with a knife raised above his head, just as the officer realized what was occurring, the video showed.

Officer Mattson yelled out and scrambled to create distance between him and his attacker, but fell to the ground in the process.

A witness later told police that she saw Davis throw Officer Mattson to the ground, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

“Holy f--k!” the officer screamed during the attack.

He jumped back to his feet and backpedaled as he drew his duty weapon, the video showed.

“Get away from me!” he ordered Davis. “Drop the knife!”

The violent suspect sprinted directly at the officer with the knife in his right hand and the officer’s flashlight gripped in his left, the video showed.

Officer Mattson continued to issue commands as he ran away from the suspect, who rapidly closed in on him.

“Drop the f--king knife!” the officer yelled one last time, just before he fired his duty weapon.

Davis collapsed to the ground as Officer Mattson ran behind his patrol vehicle, the video showed.

He then radioed for additional officers and requested emergency medical personnel to stage nearby.

Davis was later pronounced dead at the scene, MPR reported.

Protesters immediately began staging demonstrations after the fatal altercation, alleging that Davis wasn’t a threat to the officer and that he had been racially profiled, KARE reported.

Others claimed that police were lying about Davis being armed with a knife.

One Facebook event page, “Justice for Ronald Davis Protest and Vigil,” referred to Davis as “the most recent victim” of St. Paul police.

The event, which was hosted by anti-police groups including Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro, Communities United Against Police Brutality, and the Racial Justice Network, accused police of “planting evidence, falsifying reports, re-recording audio, destroying evidence, intimidating witnesses and family members, as well as controlling the narrative.”

Approximately 60 protesters gathered on Sunday to march from the St. Paul Police Department’s (SPPD) Western District to the location where the officer-involved shooting occurred less than a mile away, KARE reported.

“We already know we don’t trust them!” one speaker said of the local police force.

Some carried Black Lives Matter signs, while others waived “Justice for Ronald Davis” posters, the Star Tribune reported.

“It’s disgusting that the people who are supposed to protect us are out here killing us,” railed Davis’ friend, Abdul, according to Fight Back News. “When I heard the news, I was shocked because he was a very respectful, kind person. He would say, ‘Yes, sir, yes, ma’am. He wasn’t an aggressive person, even though he was big.”

The crowd blocked the light rail and motor traffic as they conducted their march.

“This is a reminder to the police that, yes, Ronald’s life mattered — but also to the community to keep them aware,” protest organizer Monique Cullars-Doty said, according to WCCO. “Saying, okay, something here has happened. A man’s life was taken and it’s not okay.”

Cullars-Doty described Davis as “a gentle soul” who would never “act in the character as the Saint Paul police have described him,” Fight Back News reported.

“We know the St. Paul police are the deadliest police department in the state,” she added.

Another protester, Loretta Van Pelt, declared that officers should be fired from the force if they fire their weapons in the line of duty.

“Enough is enough. When you shoot that gun, when that cop shoots that gun, they shouldn’t have a job anymore,” Van Pelt said, according to Fight Back News. “It shouldn’t be a paid vacation with administrative leave.”

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell has staunchly defended Officer Mattson, and said he had “no choice but to defend himself against an immediate and violent attack,” KARE reported.

Officer Mattson has been with the department for less than a year, according to MPR News.

"While I recognize the trauma that has been caused by a history of policing practices throughout our country, that have disproportionately affected communities of color, I cannot stand by — I simply can’t sleep at night — knowing that a good officer and all of our officers are being assailed by people who simply do not have the facts," Chief Axtell told reporters, according to NBC News.

The chief acknowledged that the bodycam footage was difficult to watch, but noted that he takes solace in the fact that Officer Mattson was not seriously injured or murdered, KARE reported.

“What I do know is this...his life will never, ever be the same,” he said.

“I remain hopeful that quickly releasing this video will allow us to move forward with some mature discourse about how such tragedies can [be presented] in the future without having to wade through the waters of irresponsible accusations of murder, calculated cries of injustice, and threats against one of my officers,” Chief Axtell added.

"Continuing to swim in a sea of lies and distorted facts will only keep us caught in the undertow of distrust," the chief continued, according to KARE. "Wearing a badge does not automatically make you wrong, any more than standing in a street with a megaphone automatically makes you right."

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter also defended Officer Mattson.

“I can’t look at that video and imagine what else Officer Mattson could’ve…done,” Carter said, according to KARE.

But even after the bodycam footage was released, anti-police demonstrators continued their allegations.

Civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong demanded that investigators produce more footage – perhaps from street cameras or the officer’s dashcam, KARE reported.

“We don’t see the full scope of what happened,” Armstrong alleged. “We don’t know what happened after the fact. We don’t know what happened leading up to Ronald K. Davis being shot and killed by police.”

She said that the group is outraged that Chief Axtell suggested they have been fueling the community’s distrust for law enforcement, and said that the bodycam footage “actually leaves us with more questions than answers,” WCCO reported.

Armstrong and her fellow protesters also demanded that an outside agency be established to handle officer-involved shooting investigations.

Davis' criminal history shows that in 2018, he was convicted of having burglarized a T-Mobile store in September of 2017, the Twin Cities Pioneer press reported.

He was also convicted of robbery with a firearm in Chicago approximately 10 years ago.

A GoFundMe account established to help Davis’ wife of three months has raised over $100 so far.

Officer Mattson was initially placed on administrative leave following the officer-involved shooting, as per protocol.

He has since returned to work in a non-patrol position, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office will determine whether or not Officer Mattson’s use of deadly force was justified.

You can watch bodycam footage of Officer Mattson’s encounter with Davis in the video below. WARNING - Graphic content and language.

Comments (380)
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Hannibal
Hannibal

Great shot! I hope you enjoyed your paid leave. God bless you and keep up the great work!!!!!

Shepard
Shepard

Damn! Good shoot...People who are defending the suspect are just as dumb as a dead cockroach

redpill
redpill

I guess he finally dropped the effing knife. This was a staged plan to murder a cop. Davis is no longer stealing oxygen, and is now saving taxpayers money.

Officer G
Officer G

I am disgusted and appalled at the ignorance of people who would defend this criminal. The Officer has no time to even react. As soon as he leaves the patrol vehicle he is under attack. He acted appropriately, and in accordance with his training.

Justretired
Justretired

Good shooting, 1 less POS walking the streets. Apparently he had a death wish, hate it for the officer to have to go through the shooting and on top of the scrutiny by dumbasses. Damn good training vid to use, always be prepared at all times. Shits getting bad out there for the Blue, stay safe.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

The GoFundMe reads: "On Sunday, September 15, Ronald Davis became the 25th person in Minnesota to lose his life at the hands of law enforcement since last October 22 National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality".

Instead it should say: "On Sunday, September 15, Ronald Davis fcked up and made the fatal mistake of trying to murder a police officer, and as a consequence became dead."

toughguy
toughguy

If GoFundMe page is started for the police officer I will gladly contribute to that. That the truth doesn't matter to Black Lives Matter should surprise no one at this point.

JBo
JBo

“Justice for Ronald Davis Protest and Vigil”

Justice was already served and his life didn't matter because he chose to throw it away. Suicide by cop. As always, I'm amazed by the stunning stupidity displayed when protesters open their mouths.

Luv2Read
Luv2Read

Even with the truth in front of their eyes, the protesters won't believe it if it doesn't fit their agenda. Thankfully the officer is physically okay. I suspect that he'll have a much more difficult time psychologically. : (

flybynight
flybynight

New law coming soon. If perp uses knife, cop must use knife just to keep if fair. (sarcasm)

Sapphire6
Sapphire6

Did you see that mans car? He hit hard..and the officer had no chance to do anything, the guy got out of his car and ran right at him, with a knife, the cop gave him plenty of time to stop, drop the knife..these protesters are as dangerous as the dead guy and all these protest leaders are killing the whole dam country...

ArtBeltranJr
ArtBeltranJr

Hey Protesters, Why is it ok for the criminal to try and kill someone and not ok to kill while defending yourself? Fucken hate protesters. Good job Chief Axtell!

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Screw the protesters. The BG could have been plunging his knife into the officer, and the protesters would just say it was the officer's fault because he provoked the BG by backing into the BG's car.

bgbill12345
bgbill12345

Good shooting of a crazy man hell-bent on killing the police officer. Great job and keep up the awesome work.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Another hyper violent negro being portrayed as a martyr by the social justice crowd.

Highsider
Highsider

Black families and neighborhoods need to revisit their own culture realistically to determine if they contribute in any way to this kind of tragedy.

karatedude54
karatedude54

First of all I'm glad the police officer is alive ..Second of all to all you fucking morons who supports the guy attacking the cop and was shot,,,let me me be the first to say"" Your total fucking idiots....if this guy was attacking you with the knilfe you d be praying for this officer to save you....Do us all a favor..Stop breeding other idiots like yourselves!!!!!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Noticing absence of comments from usual pot stirring commentators

sturnman22
sturnman22

Black racist attack on officer highlighted and enhanced by black racist attack on all police. One less gentle soul with a knife in the world. Excellent work!

Dearnhardt88
Dearnhardt88

Nice shot. To react that quickly and still tried to get the guy to put down the weapon. That's a damn fine officer and we are lucky to have him patrolling one of our communities. As for those defending the douche nozzle with the knife sorry for your loss but that video shows clearly justice was served. I'm not saying he was a bad guy. Maybe he just snapped but either way he left the officer no other option. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

Eddiethevibe
Eddiethevibe

Hmmmmm just ask the fine peeps from BLM What exactly would they do if a man came running at you and your car with a knife?

5150
5150

That Officer did absolutely everything he could to avid pulling the trigger, but that animal would not stop so he had no choice. anyone that can watch that and put any blame at all on the officer, is crazy and dishonest.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

How fucking stupid ARE these protestors? 'The video doesn't give us the full scope of what happened. We don't know what happened leading up to [shithead] being shot.' Ummm, yeah we do. He rammed a police car then tried to murder the officer in it. That's right there in the footage clear as day. What else do you need to know? But I get it, it's not his fault because slavery happened 150 years ago or something, right?

policeofficermom
policeofficermom

Hit a police car, attacked a police officer with a knife, told to drop knife, didn't comply, continued attack with knife, officer had no option! I don't care if the attacker was black, white, Hispanic, or a one eyed one horn purple people eater!!! He chose his own fate! Quit making excuses because of race! Criminal is a criminal!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I see a knife in his right hand...... my question to all the protesters still stands: how much injury does an officer need to sustain before they can defend himself against the lethal attack, and you idiot protesters won't take to the streets to protest the cop's actions?

Christoph Dollis
Christoph Dollis

I would hope those, including BLM activists, who were angrily protesting against the police will now thank the police for defending THEM, their community, SAVING BLACK LIVES (few people save more black lives than the police).

However, I'm not holding my breath.

usac95
usac95

wow protesters you are the most stupid fucks go back sit in your house and collect welfare

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The world has gone nuts...

Activists unconvinced by St. Paul bodycam video

Activists against police violence say they’re not satisfied with the release of body-camera footage in an officer’s fatal shooting of a man in Minnesota....

But the Anti-Police Brutality Coalition says it’s not clear from the limited video whether Mattson could have used non-lethal force. The group calls for all the body-camera video to be released, as well as all investigative materials.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Hey "activists" and protestors..why not get upsert over this "According to the FBI SHR data, in 2016 there were 7,756 Black homicide victims in the United States. The homicide rate among Black victims in the United States was 20.44 per 100,000. For that year, the overall national homicide rate was 5.10 per 100,000. For Whites, the national homicide rate was 2.96 per 100,000.

[…]

The homicide rate for Black male victims was 37.12 per 100,000. In comparison, the overall rate for male homicide victims was 8.29 per 100,000. For White male homicide victims it was 4.39 per 100,000. The homicide rate for female Black victims was 5.07 per 100,000. In comparison, the overall rate for female homicide victims was 1.97 per 100,000. For White female homicide victims it was 1.55 per 100,000.

Christoph Dollis
Christoph Dollis

In Ronald Davis' defense, while he appeared extremely aggressive, I believe he could have closed with and harmed the officer if he truly wanted to.

I don't believe he intended to murder; I believe he intended to commit suicide by police. Since our society does not allow people the means to peaceful, reliable suicide, such as anti-emetics with fast-acting barbiturates, desperate people sometimes resort to this.

May Ronald Davis rest in peace and let's have the decency to acknowledge the officer did nothing wrong, merely tried to defend his own life and, in fact, gave Mr. Davis the opportunity to stop and save his.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Perp had one previous felony conviction in Minnesota...

Charges: DAVIS, RONALD KERRY DOB: 07/14/1988
Burglary-3rd Deg-Steal/Commit Felony or Gross Misd
Statue: 609.582.3
08/09/2018 Convicted
Plea: Guilty
Local Confinement:
Agency: Hennepin County Workhouse - Adult Corrections
Term: 90 Days
Time To Serve: 90 Days
Duration: 11/19/2018 9:00 AM
Credit For Time Served: 11 Days

Monitoring - Adult:
Type: Supervised probation
Agency: Hennepin County Community Corrections - Adult Field Services
Term of 3 Yr
08/09/2018 - 08/09/2021

Condition - Adult:

  1. Restitution reserved, 60 days 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  2. Obtain employment, Or educational programming. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  3. Maintain employment, Or educational programming. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  4. Do not leave Minnesota without written court approval, 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  5. Remain law-abiding, 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  6. Follow all State and Federal criminal laws., 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  7. Contact your probation officer as directed., 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  8. Tell your probation officer within 72 hours if you have, contact with law enforcement. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  9. Tell your probation officer within 72 hours if you are, charged with any new crime. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  10. Tell your probation officer within 72 hours if you change, your address, employment, or telephone number. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  11. Cooperate with the search of your person, residence,, vehicle, workplace, property, and things as directed by your probation officer. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  12. Sign releases of information as directed., 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  13. Give a DNA sample when directed., 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  14. Do not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives, 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
  15. Do not register to vote or vote until discharged from, probation and your civil rights are fully restored. 08/09/2018, Active 08/09/2018
Cadian
Cadian

Great job by the police man ,I hope he wes not hurt with the fall . I agree with some one else I believe it was planned no one comes up that fast when it is not planned.

Johnee
Johnee

These protesters can't be that stupid to believe the cop was wrong after the bodycam footage was released. I think the black community wants to be able to commit crimes without consequence .

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Doty described Davis as “a gentle soul” who would never “act in the character as the Saint Paul police have described him,”???.....You Say...But the video is worth a million words...Looked very intentional to me......Mr. Davis was almost on him when the officer stepped out of the car....Good Job

GiGi1951
GiGi1951

No officer should have to protect themselves after an asshole rams their car from behind! The driver was out of his vehicle and on the run before the officer got out of his vehicle. This guy had this attack planned by the looks of it. I’d of shot him as well, this is one of the reasons officers on patrol need 2 per car not one. I am so sick of hearing BLM by god PLM! If the “victim” was so peaceful and law abiding he would of stayed calmly in his vehicle waiting for the officer to come back to his vehicle. It’s about time we start protesting against BLM movement every time this shit happens and start carrying PLM matters in areas where these groups dominate!

Ragman69
Ragman69

Anyone that defends the dead guy and demands justice for him should be exterminated.....immediately. Yeah....I mean that.

CrowWingKid
CrowWingKid

Wow!! What a Hero!! Officer Mattson for St. Paul Mayor!! Shut TFU Black Lies Matter St Paul. Thugs and terrorists. Sickening! Thank You Officer Matson for making St Paul a Safer Community. We wish You Solace in the face All the Hatred directed at You and All your fellow officers. I hope some one sets up an Oh, Fuck Me site for the deceased. Maybe friends and family can cover the costs of putting this would be cop killer in the ground, where he belongs. Peace, Love, and Respect to St. Paul Police 🚔

flybynight
flybynight

"The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office will determine whether or not Officer Mattson’s use of deadly force was justified"

Seriously? May I suggest watching the video? Crazy, I know.

CrazyforYeshua
CrazyforYeshua

They couldn't tell what happened before the shooting? Are you blind? OMG...he almost didn't have a chance, good thing he's quick on his feet

eriksj76
eriksj76

Great Shoot. Sorry you had to have this experience.. Where is the outcry as to why its OK for ANY person, to ram a police vehicle, and storm an officer with a deadly weapon? Why is no one up in arms about that? This country is so darn confused its sickening. Is this what you call reverse racism? I'm colored so anything you do to me, (which if i were any other color it would be ok ) is now wrong?

Jul2021
Jul2021

Ok so let me get this straight.. .I am just supposed to Allow an Individual attack/assault Me with fists and or a Weapon for doing My JOB or Even out in the Streets for that matter. I'm supposed to just ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. WHY BECAUSE THAT LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MINE. I DON'T THINK SO!!! Come at me I will put you down.

Ladycplum
Ladycplum

Stupid morons protesting this and calling for justice for the perp. You attack a cop, you can expect to be dropped.

Budman2082
Budman2082

I know, I know. He was such a nice boy. Worked three jobs, six days a week and a choirboy on Sunday’s. The thug got what he deserved.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

31 yrs old, 1 prior for 3rd degree burglary (per Jim) a yr ago and then attacking a police officer for unknown reasons. Sounds as if he had some mental issues.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

@RetAFVet BTW, I would have shot his azz many more times if he came at me like that. Mental issue be damed.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

When even the commie socialist mayor thinks it's a good shoot, the "protesters" don't have a leg to stand on.

DNW
DNW

Glad you're safe, Officer Mattson.

bigdudee
bigdudee

The social justice warriors say they want justice for Ronald Davis I believe they already got their wish.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Even with video evidence these Useless feck’n humans continue to make baseless claims. Hard to believe so many are deaf, dumb, and blind.

Gavalon
Gavalon

At least he died doing what he loved!!