Just before 8:45 p.m. last Monday, a call to E-911 reported a man on the ground being beaten and assaulted by a small group outside the Arab Store on 4th St. and 12th Ave. S. Columbus Police, Columbus Fire Department District 1 and BMH-GT paramedics arrived on scene where they found Alvin Skipper, 41, inside the store covered in blood. Skipper came outside where paramedics wiped the blood from his face and found several small cuts, the largest being about two inches wide on his forehead. Skipper was obviously intoxicated, which was remarked upon by various emergency responders and officers on scene. He was resistant to being treated and repeatedly rolled on the concrete ledge to avoid the paramedics. Once the blood was wiped away from his face using alcohol and a towel and his hat was removed, he insisted upon having one last smoke before going to the hospital. “I need a drag right now,” he slurred as he fumbled with the cigarette carton. Responders tried to take the cigarette from his hand, but he kept snatching it away. “I need it. I’ll calm me down.”
“You’re already calm,” said one officer. “I’m just gonna light it then put it out,” pleaded Skipper. Cpl. Terrie Songer tried to take Skippers cigarette and he snapped his head towards her. “Imma bite yo finger off! NOM NOM NOM,” as he made teeth gnashing sounds and biting motions towards Songer. Several of the officers and responders were overcome by this and either laughed aloud or barely concealed their smiles. “That stuff I just put on your face is flammable,” said one EMT to Skipper referring to the alcohol used to the blood from his face. “I don’t care,” replied Skipper.
After several unsuccessful minutes of attempting to dissuade the man, the responders gave up and let him light the cigarette. Officers then tried to get him to keep his promise and put it out after one drag, which was also unsuccessful. They finally got it away from him and put it out, then wrestled Skipper into a neck brace. An EMT took his coat to properly fit the brace on and took it to the ambulance while Skipper yelled at him not to steal it… that it was a nice coat and he’d be looking for it. The EMT meanwhile held the jacket out away from his body with two fingers and had his face turned away as if it smelled. Skipper wasn’t done with his shenanigans yet though. It took several paramedics to get him up off the curb and onto the stretcher.
When being tied down, an officer took Skipper’s Styrofoam cup filled with ice and an unknown liquid. He protested, saying he was thirsty and needed his cup and continued to move against his restraints to drink. Paramedics told him he couldn’t drink anything until they had checked him out at the hospital, but he continued to whine. The officer relented and let him have another sip before disposing of the cup. When being loaded into the ambulance, what had happened to Skipper seemed to dawn on him and he started telling officers that they had to catch the man that assaulted him. When they first arrived on scene, Skipper wouldn’t talk about his attackers, instead choosing to yell at Packet reporter Sarah Wilson to stop photographing him. “This was all a set up!” he yelled. “Y’all set me up so The Packet could take my pictures!” (Note: I have spoken with Packet leadership and several leading clandestine members in the Columbus Police Department and it became clear that Mr. Skipper was not set up in this particular instance. –SW)
An officer stepped forward and assured Skipper that he would follow him to the hospital and take his statement about the assault. Skipper responded by yelling “We gotta catch that mothaf***er. We gonna catch that a**hole ni**er!” Skipper was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle and was not charged with Public Drunkenness during this incident. Over the past several years, he has visited the Lowndes County Jail on at least 19 occasions, for charges such as DUI, Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving, Public Drunkenness, DUI, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Poss. Of Forged/Altered DL, and Providing False Information.0