$6M lawsuit filed after ATV riders rammed with car during arrest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis has been named in a $6 million lawsuit that stems from the arrest of two ATV riders.

In April, FOX13 reported police arrested Justin Griham and Emmanuel Meniru after a complaint about several people drag racing.

While attempting to stop the drivers, an MPD officer hit two ATVs, police said. A video of the incident went viral.

The officer who struck the suspects has been relieved of duty pending an ongoing investigation into the officer’s actions.

Four months after their arrest, both men are named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

In the 31-page lawsuit, it says the plaintiffs “never at any time during the incident, initiated gunfire against Defendant Officers that would have provoked Defendant Officers to subjectively or objectively believe that Defendant officers had to use their vehicles as a weapon.”

The lawsuit also says one of the men was placed in handcuffs while he had a broken rib which caused additional injuries.

Both are seeking relief in the amount of $3 million each.