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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Of Course the Police Love Him

This, via Digby:

Three Cheatham County Sheriff's deputies have been placed on administrative leave after a Pegram teen filed suit in federal court accusing them of using excessive force while he was being held at Cheatham County Jail.

Jordan Elias Norris, 19, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court accusing the deputies of deprivation of civil rights, citing the use of excessive force and failure to protect after he was repeatedly stunned with Tasers in the jail in November 2016. He suffered more than 40 pairs of Taser burns, many of which are unaccounted for by authorities, the lawsuit states.

And, strangely enough, they're investigating:

After seeing media reports and videos not previously viewed, [Cheatham County Sheriff Mike] Breedlove said he immediately directed supervisors to examine the Sheriff's Office's current Use of Force policy. He also contacted District Attorney General Ray Crouch Jr. to request an independent investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

"As Sheriff, I want our citizens to know that any inappropriate behavior that may have violated an individual's rights will not be tolerated. I have placed the employees involved on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted," he said in the statement. "We will work closely and cooperatively with the TBI and District Attorney's Office to ensure all facts are provided and all angles of this incident are thoroughly investigated."

It will be interesting to see what the investigation turns up.

And is this the sort of behavior our "President" is encouraging? Sure looks like it.

Interesting factoid: If you google the victim's name, most of the coverage of this story is from sources in the UK (and New Zealand, for some reason).

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