In Tennessee three Cheatham County Sheriff's Deputies have now been placed on Administrative leave after a Texas teenager filed a suit in federal court accusing them of using excessive force while he was being held at the Cheatham County Jail.
Jordan Elias Norris, a 19 year old from Pegram, Texas, has filed a lawsuit in the United States 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 of 2016. He suffered more than 40 individual tasers burns, many of which were unaccounted for by authorities, the lawsuit states.
Norris was arrested November 3rd of 2016 and at the time charged with felony manufacturing/possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft under $500 and five counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.
Police say was later charged with felony vandalism of over $1,000 and simple assault November 7th while still incarcerated.
Norris was originally suspected of stealing a semi-automatic rifle, and Sheriff's deputies received information he was going to use the weapon on any law enforcement who tried to arrest him, according to Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove.
Norris was kept in the booking cell for several days for behavioral issues, explained Breedlove. During Norris’ time in the jail, he was stunned several times, including while restrained, according to the lawsuit. Many of the incidents were captured on video, including by cameras on the tasers themselves.
Police had denied any wrongdoing until the new video surfaced which clearly shows them repeatedly tasing the man while holding him down, in an obvious show of excessive force.