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LMPD officer suspended for improperly searching and detaining Cahoots customers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville Metro Police officer was suspended last month for improperly detaining and frisking customers at Cahoots, a bar on Bardstown Road, on Sept. 10, 2014.

Sgt. Joey Davis was suspended one day on April 1 after an internal investigation found he violated standard operating procedure by conducting pat down searches of customers “based on consent that was coerced,” according to a letter to Davis from LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.

Davis told customers they could not leave the bar until they were searched, according to the investigative letter. The customers were improperly detained and searched “without reasonable grounds to believe they were armed and dangerous,” Conrad wrote in his disciplinary letter.

Also, Conrad wrote that Davis can be seen in a video “manipulating and grasping the pockets of a man when you are supposed to be patting him down.”

In addition to the suspension, Davis was also ordered to undergo additional training and counseling “in regard to the clearly established law involved in this investigation.”

Attorneys have said police broke the law by by frisking patrons without probable cause.

A video of the raid  -- shot by someone inside the bar -- shows an LMPD officer telling patrons and employees to sit down and wait to be frisked.

"Show of hands, who has something on them that they shouldn't have?" asked the officer, who then announced police were going to pat down every customer before they would be allowed to leave.

"We're going to start over here in this corner," he said. "We're going to work our way around, and if we go by, if you're clean, you get to go out the front door."

LMPD has said they were assisting the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) office of metro government, and that it isn't their case, but the raid had something to do with the establishment's liquor license.

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