Contractor hired by City of Memphis under investigation

by: Greg Coy Updated:

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A contractor hired by the City of Memphis to help police and firefighters deal with post-traumatic stress is in hot water.

Mayor Jim Strickland confirms to FOX13 the employee is under investigation. 


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Multiple sources within the Memphis Police Department identified the contract employee as Kelli Davis. 

FOX13 viewed Davis' Facebook page and noticed pictures of her with Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings and some of his command staff.  

Davis worked at the Memphis Police Academy as counselor to help police and firefighters deal with post-traumatic stress, but no one will say for how long. It is one post on her Facebook page, obtained by FOX13, that has Davis under review. 

The post calls the police "inexperienced thugs in blue” who should "think twice before pulling the trigger when they attempt to arrest a black or brown person."  The post has been pulled from the Facebook page.

"All I know about it is what I got during a two-minute briefing before I got over here," Mayor Strickland said as FOX13 showed him the controversial post. 

After reading it, Strickland said, ”I have been told because this is an employment personal matter and under investigation I cannot comment on it ."

FOX13 went to the Police Academy to ask for Davis but was told we needed permission from the police public information office to speak with her. 

We drove to her business, called MERCI Counseling, but no one answered the door.

Davis posted on her Facebook page letters with glowing reviews from the police and fireman.

"Absolutely the best mental health info we have had in 20 years," one person wrote. 

Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams told FOX13 he's unsure Davis can help officers after reading what she wrote about his members. 

"That is a red flag and tells me somebody should be looking into it," said Williams.