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Published on April 17, 2024
Former La Vergne Police Chief Sues City for Alleged Racial Discrimination Amid Department's ScandalSource: Google Street View

In a lawsuit that has put the city of La Vergne back in the spotlight, former police chief Burrel "Chip" Davis is taking legal action against the Metropolitan, alleging racial discrimination after being discharged in the wake of a department-wide sex scandal. According to FOX 17 News, Davis claims he was wrongfully terminated when "other white supervisors received no disciplinary action," raising questions about the city's adherence to the Tennessee Human Rights Act.

Despite the sordid revelations that led to five officers losing their jobs, the lawsuit states Davis as a figure who contributed to the investigation but did not partake in the scandal, as noted by NewsChannel 5. However, a third-party investigator hired by city officials did report that Davis was aware of the sexual misconduct within his ranks but failed to report or confront the officers involved, information which the lawsuit appears to contradict.

Davis is seeking damages for his claim, advocating for not just financial restitution but also for what he views as justice in the face of discriminatory treatment, he is simultaneously requesting his reinstatement and back pay signaling his intention to return to the helm of the department he once led. As the legal battle ensues, the nuances of this case continue to unfold, with Davis highlighting in his legal challenge that he received a text message showing Maegan Hall and an unidentified black male, a message he contends could not be verified and was not violative of policy as "the policy does not say officers cannot be involved in relationships," according to NewsChannel 9.

The lawsuit also touches on the identity of the black male in question, possibly Lewis Powell, yet leaves room for doubt as Davis indicated that he questioned the accuracy of the names he was given and pointed out that no one implicated in the sex investigations reported being in an intimate relationship with Hall. The city of La Vergne remains ensnared in this legal tussle as this case places them under scrutiny, not just for the actions that lit up headlines but for the consequences that fell unevenly on those they meant to regulate.