The lawsuit claims the City of Memphis should have been aware of Davis’ ties to the Atlanta Police Department’s RED DOG Unit stating, “Much like the RED DOG Unit, SCORPION Unit officers were encouraged by the chief of police and supervisors to engage in searches and seizures when there was no basis to do so in violation of the Fourth Amendment.”
"As she rose through the ranks of the Atlanta Police Department, Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis spent nearly 18 months overseeing a hyper-aggressive street crime unit, named Red Dog, that was ultimately disbanded following a public backlash and a series of lawsuits."
Former Memphis police officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III and Desmond Mills, Jr. have all been charged with one count of second-degree murder, aggravated assault-acting in concert, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of official oppression, court records show.
"As the investigations into the death of Tyre Nichols continue, police across the country are speaking out against the actions of five, now former, Memphis police officers. Statements range from official releases by major police associations to ongoing social media posts and comments by officers of all ranks, from all geographic regions of the country."