Programming Note: Robert Davis, the man who was videotaped being beaten by New Orleans police, tells "NewsNight" what happened and how the police department has responded, tonight, 10 p.m. ET.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- A retired teacher injured during a videotaped beating by New Orleans police says he feels no anger toward the department.

"I hold no animosity against anyone. I want to thank the new police chief for his quick action. I really do," 64-year-old Robert Davis said Tuesday.

Three officers have been suspended and local and federal authorities have launched investigations into the October 8 incident.

Joseph Bruno, the attorney for Davis, said his client does not believe the assault was racially motivated.

"I know there is a big temptation to go there, but my client firmly believes that is not what is involved here," Bruno said in an interview.

Instead, Bruno said, Davis believes he was assaulted by "a couple of rotten apples that need to be dealt with."

Davis is scheduled to appear in court this week as federal authorities investigate whether his civil rights were violated.

Davis faces charges that include public intoxication, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. He denied he was drunk. (Video: Davis denies drinking -- 5:22))

"I haven't drank in 25 years," Davis told CNN. "That's the amazing part."

Davis said he stopped drinking 25 years ago after he had a black-out incident.

"Since then, I have put alcohol down. I don't even entertain the thought of alcohol," he said.
Lawyer wants charges dropped

Bruno said he would ask for the charges to be dropped. Earlier, he told CNN his client was not asked to submit to a sobriety test.

The beating was captured on tape by news crews on Saturday. Videotape shows Davis' face and shirt soaked with blood after he was pummeled by police.

Davis suffered fractures in his cheek and near his eye.

Davis said Tuesday that his back still hurt and that he might have to have surgery on his eye.

Bruno said they would likely file a civil suit, but under the "best" scenario his client could "break even" because of the limited nature of punitive damages under Louisiana law.

"This is not the lawsuit lottery," he said.

On Tuesday, Davis told CNN he had come to New Orleans to check on property he owns in the flooded 9th Ward. He was walking in the French Quarter when he became concerned about the curfew and asked a police officer about it.
'He didn't do anything'

Davis said they were interrupted by another police officer who was walking by.

"He interrupted our conversation. I told him that was very unprofessional," Davis said. "I proceeded to walk on across the street, at which time he punched me, I guess, and from there I don't remember much other than a lady in the crowd, I guess just a bystander, who kept hollering, 'He didn't do anything.' "

Davis said his daughter has prevented him from seeing the video in which he can be seen being pummeled, his face soaking in his own blood.

Federal officials launched a civil rights investigation Monday as three white New Orleans police officers pleaded not guilty to battery charges.

FBI agents have joined the investigation, along with the New Orleans Police Department's Office of Internal Affairs.
Officers free on bond

Officers Lance Schilling, Robert Evangelist and A.M. Smith were released Monday on bond. They have been suspended from duty without pay, and a trial was set for January.

Acting Police Chief Warren Riley vowed to take "decisive action once we gather all the facts." (Video: Riley promises action -- 5:14)

He told CNN, "There was too much force used in this particular situation," adding that officers are trained to use "reasonable and necessary" force during arrests. But the officers appear not to have followed procedure.

The force used, Riley said, "was beyond reasonable." He said he did not believe race played a role in the beating.

"There is no evidence to prove that this was race-related," Riley said.

The police department has been plagued with problems since Hurricane Katrina struck at the end of August.

Some officers walked off the force. Others were accused of looting. Officers who remain lost nearly everything in the storm, are separated from their families and continue to work extremely long hours. (Full story)

Riley emphasized that "the vast majority" of New Orleans police are hard-working professionals who are risking their lives to help rebuild the city.
Video shows blows to head

Photographers from CNN and The Associated Press captured much of the beating, which took place at 9 p.m. Saturday outside a bar in the French Quarter.

The video shows two officers apparently trying to arrest Davis and then punching him, delivering several blows to the head. At one point, four men -- two clearly identified as police -- pushed Davis to the ground, placed him in a headlock and apparently tried to handcuff him.

One can be seen hitting Davis two more times. Soon afterward, the police officer who identified himself as A.M. Smith pushed an AP producer and pinned him against a car.

In a profanity-laden tirade, the officer said, "I've been here for six weeks trying to keep myself alive. ... Go home."

Davis can be seen covered in blood, handcuffed with his arms behind his back. Several times, officers used their feet to prevent him from turning from his stomach onto his back. He was taken from the scene by ambulance about 10 minutes after the beating.
Union: Officers 'upset'

The Police Association of New Orleans, the local police union, said the three officers were "upset" at how the situation was handled.

Riley said most of the police force has conducted itself heroically since Katrina and that they will continue to do so -- an assessment that Bruno and his client agreed with.

"There are a lot great, heroic guys on that police force. There are a couple of rotten apples that need to be dealt with, " Bruno said.

Bruno said Davis doesn't want to return to New Orleans. The beating, he said, "scarred him."

Source: CNN