Yesterday, we exclusively broke the story about MVPL Trustee Jonathan Michael Davis being arrested for criminal harassment of a female Trustee. A few hours after the story ran, Mr. Davis contacted Black Westchester to tell us he categorically denies the allegations stating it was a plot to kick him off the board because he was the only one calling out the illegal activities of the board. He went on to say that if he actually harassed Trustee Hope Marable why didn’t she press charges and said he wasn’t arrested he was simply given a summons.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny all of those allegations, it’s only a ploy to get me off the board which has been their intention all along. They don’t want me there cause I’m the one person on the board who points out the illegal stuff that they’re trying to do. Instead of voting me off with due process they filed a bogus harassment charge from Chanese [Trustee Coleman], collaborated by Timur (MVPL Director Timur Davis] that has no basis in fact. You will notice that Hope [Trustee Marable] did not file a complaint against me, because there were many people that definitely will not collaborate the scenario that she [Trustee Marable] tries to present…”
Below, you can listen to our entire conversation and hear Mr. Davis very passionately tell his side of the story in his own words.
Since Mr. Davis mentioned Trustee Marable in his statement, we contacted her about her not pressing charges as he stated. Her response contradicts Mr. Davis’ statement.
“I didn’t press charges because the Library Director made the decision to withdraw Mr. Davis’s Library privileges for a period not to exceed 120 days, I figured that would have been enough time for Mr. Davis to have reconsidered his unhinged behavior; sadly, that has not been the case,” Trustee Marable shared with Black Westchester.
Even before I could post Trustee Davis’ response, he texted an hour later
“I was not arrested. I was issued a violation slightly higher than a traffic ticket. No handcuffs, allowed to leave on my own. No bail. Gives you some idea as to how seriously the police took it. There is no truth to these scurrilous allegations. Instead, it is an obvious ploy to accomplish illegally what they couldn’t do legally, i.e., remove me from the board. The alleged harassment supposedly took place on September 20th, but charges were only filed Thursday [October 19th] after they failed to bar me from the Board meeting [on] Wednesday. Then, rather than allow me to speak during public expression, they hastily adjourned the meeting without conducting any library business. They would have you believe that with three MVPD officers in the room and other witnesses, I rushed with clenched fist hurling expletives, and followed her for 20 feet. No police report corroborated this account. I look forward to vindicating myself, but in the meantime, I must endure the embarrassment of these slanderous accusations. One of the accusers [Board President Coleman] was like a daughter to me. People will believe what they want, but weigh the credibility of the parties. I feel sorry for them. The truth, however, will come to light. God is Great!”
When asked, Trustee Marable said she fully supports Trustee Coleman
“I am in full support of President Chanese Coleman’s decision to seek relief by way of our justice system” When asked if she had any words for Trustee Jonathan M. Davis, she repeated her earlier quote: “Only that I wish him well”.
Despite the fact that Mr. Davis responded on Facebook that our story was BS and not factual, calling our credibility into question, Black Westchester shares all of his replies to our original story in full. Mr. Davis sent one last text.
“I trust my response gets comparable exposure in your paper. Use your investigative skills, and the truth will smack you in the face!”
Mr. Davis, your entire statement and follow-up text are shared, and the public can judge for themselves. We will continue to use our investigative skills, and follow this story wherever it goes, and report the outcome.
As with many stories in Mount Vernon, you have to peel many layers of the onion to get anywhere near the truth. Mr. Davis made allegations of illegal activities by the board but offered nothing to substantiate his claims, doing exactly what he alleges his accusers are doing to him, but the truth will come out either way; it always does. We have reported all sides of this story and will allow you, the reader, to be the judge of what is true and what is not.
Stay Tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story, we are quite sure this will not be the last you hear or read about this!