INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2016) — An accused cop killer is suing his deceased victim and the city of Indianapolis for millions of dollars.
Major P. Davis II, awaiting trial in a state prison for the murder of an Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer in 2014, is suing his victim for $2.3 million.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, Davis claims slain Officer Perry Renn shot him in the back while he was unarmed on July 5, 2014, in an east side Indianapolis alley.
Prosecutors charge bullets from Davis’ semi-automatic rifle killed Renn, who was responding to a report of shots fired during a holiday weekend backyard cookout attended by women and children.
Davis alleges the “Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department used illegal excessive force.”
“Officer Renn discharged his weapon eleven (11) times shooting me in the right cranial, the torso, abdomen and back. (I) recall being shot by the Indianapolis (Metropolitan) Police officers ‘all at close range while unarmed,’” reads the complaint.
“I don’t think this case has a chance in the world and I’m a defense lawyer,” said attorney Jack Crawford.
Crawford isn’t connected to the case, but says the civil suit by Davis has no legal merit, which may be why Davis is serving as his own attorney.
“No lawyer with any sense would represent him on this civil suit. That’s why he doesn’t have one,” said Crawford.
According to Davis’ version of the fatal encounter behind 4067 Forest Manor Avenue, fireworks had been set off several times before police arrived at 9:45 p.m.
As officers Renn and Nicholas Galico investigated, Davis recounts that he continued walking toward his white van with two women after “Galico asked to talk with me and the two females; the females responded everything is okay here you can leave.”
Davis writes that exploding fireworks at that moment “added to the confusion.”
“As the females escorted Davis II back from the officer shots rang out from Officer Renn and Officer Galico.”
The criminal defendant claims Galico reported his hands were in plain sight and Davis states that he was complying with the officer’s orders when Renn began shooting him from the rear.
The State alleges Davis shot Renn with his mother’s AK-47 while standing behind the mother of his children, an obstruction that caused the officer’s fatal hesitation in responding to the threat.
“There is no evidence Major P. Davis II ever possessed or had on his person an AK-47,” reads the lawsuit. “Plaintiff seeks compensatory and emotional, punitive damages for his pain and suffering, physical injury of nerve damage from being shot in the right-side cranial, developing headaches, neurological problems, being confined to a wheel chair, and digestive problems from being shot in the abdomen.”
Davis is confined to the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City as the Marion Superior Court determined he was subject to unauthorized and disruptive visits at the Marion County Jail by spiritual advisor Mmoja Ajabu in contrast to his attorney’s wishes.
The inmate reports that the prison has provided him with a wheelchair and painkiller medication as well as “orthopedic shoes due to a brace that is due to a dead ankle from being shot in the right cranial, the brain.”
Davis claims Galico and Renn violated his Constitutional “Right to be Secure.”
“NO CRIME was being committed that the police had to draw a weapon against Mr. Davis II…” reads the complaint. “WHEREFORE, Major P. Davis II respectfully prays in the name of JESUS that this court enter judgment granting Plaintiff…Compensative…Punitive…(and) Nominal Damages in the MajorMoveMent amount of 2.3 million dollars against defendants jointly.”
“Right is right and wrong is wrong. This lawsuit is just plain wrong. I think it’s preposterous and malicious,” said Crawford.
Attorney Crawford also believes the civil suit could come back to haunt Davis during his murder trial.
“By filing this suit, he has waived his right to remain silent so the state could call him as a witness against himself in his own case. That’s why you never see this,” said Crawford.
The police department and Perry Renn’s family declined to comment.
Davis is facing the death penalty in his criminal case.