The family of Lorenzo Davis wants answers in his death. Davis was stopped by officers back in July, accused of selling drugs in Frayser. While being taken to jail, Davis became ill. Officers took him to the hospital, but when he got there he stopped breathing.
An autopsy report says he died accidentally from a brain hemorrhage from drugs. But, the report also shows Davis was beaten. Police say it's because he was fighting officers.
Delethia Connor Ward says police are responsible for her nephew's death, "It's unfair because he supposed to be in jail, not in the morgue, not in the cemetery."
Ward says Davis wasn't a fighter, and suspects a police cover up, "What happened to him shouldn't have happened if he was doing wrong. They should have taken him to jail, instead of the hospital and he end up dying in police custody."
Joyce Aycock spotted about a dozen officers searching their backyard area the night Davis died. About 30 minutes later, they recognized Davis on the ground.
"He was lying on his side, wasn't moving, I don't' know what happened between that and then because cops told us to come back over here, didn't want us to see nothing what's going on," says Aycock.
The officers involved in the case were relieved of duty, but Fox13 has learned they're back on the job.
Memphis police say no criminal charges will be filed since the two officers were cleared of all criminal wrongdoings.
The family says they may take legal action. Memphis police say the case is still active.
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