Two Hamilton County deputies named in roadside search lawsuit, accused of violating man's civil rights
Two Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies have been named in a lawsuit that charges they violated the civil rights of a man they searched on the side of a Soddy Daisy road during a traffic stop. A woman driver is also part of the lawsuit.
HCSO Deputies Daniel Wilkey and Bobby Brewer were named in the suit that alleges the law enforcement officers violated the civil rights of James Myron Mitchell and Latisha Shana Menifee when the two were pulled over on July 10, 2019.
The two were pulled over for a window tint violation and smell of marijuana coming from the car.
Referenced in the suit are the Fourth Amendment (which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures) and the Fourteenth Amendment (which provides for equal protection under the law.)
Wilkey and Brewer were seen in a dashcam video kicking, punching and stripping the pants off Mitchell, a 41-year-old black man.
The video shows them performing an apparent body-cavity search on Mitchell, who was a passenger in a vehicle, on the side of the road in Soddy-Daisy. He and the driver, Menifee, were handcuffed.
Two days afterward, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston asked the TBI to investigate the incident after dash camera footage of a traffic stop that was released the same day.
The suit is seeking actual compensatory damages of $2 million and punitive damages of $15 million, as well as attorney fees.