Four SBPD officers file lawsuit against Henry Davis Jr.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Four South Bend police officers are filing another lawsuit related to the department's wiretapping scandal.

Attorney Dan Pfeifer filed the complaint on behalf of Tim Corbett,
Dave Wells, Brian Young and Steve Richmond on Wednesday.

In December, the officers received a $500,000 settlement from the city in a separate case. They sued after their phone conversations were unknowingly recorded.

This time, they're going after Councilman Henry Davis Jr.

The latest suit accuses Davis Jr. of libel and violating federal wiretapping laws.

Pfeifer says Davis Jr. either listened to the tapes or talked to someone who did, and then discussed their content with others.

"I have never heard the tapes," Davis Jr. told NewsCenter16 Wednesday. "I've never had access to the tapes. Again, the only way that we get to the truth is if the tapes are played."

The libel claim stems from a letter Davis Jr. wrote to the Department of Justice in 2012, asking them to investigate the scandal.

At the time, Davis Jr. said he'd received complaints of 'racial bias' and 'criminal conduct' in the police department.

Pfeifer says those claims hurt his clients.

"There are certain people that want to continue to portray them as the villains in all of this, when in fact they are the victims," Pfeifer explained, referring to the officers. "If people would just let the litigation play out and kind of keep their mouths quiet and not say anything, let the litigation take its course, everyone would be a lot better off."

Whether or not the tapes will ever be released to the public is still a decision that's tied up in court.

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