3 Deputies Suspended After Video Shows Man Being Tortured in Restraint Chair

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.

Norris was arrested Nov. 3, 2016 and 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.

He was later charged with felony vandalism of over $1,000 and simple assault Nov. 7 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.

Breedlove released a statement Friday morning saying that he was not presented with all of the video footage at the initial briefing on the situation.

After seeing media reports and videos not previously viewed, 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.

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  • Jim Simolari

    ITS AGAINST THE LAW TO TASE ANYONE OVER 3 TIMES AT 4 SEC APART THE TASERS ARENT TOYS TO USE AT WILL TASERS KILL ALL THE TIME DAILY IN FACT SO CHARGE THESE COPS WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER THE COPS CRIMES ARE 10 TIMES WORSE THEN WHAT THE 19 YR OLD KID COULD HAVE DONE AND SINCE IT WAS FOR DRUGS AND THE GOVERNMENT DECLARED A WAR ON DRUGS WELL THEN THESE COPS SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH WAR CRIMES MY GOD DID ANYONE HEAR THEM SAY OVER 40 TIMES HE GOT TASED ONE THE ONES WE SAW LASTED FOR A MINUTE OR MORE THERES NO EXCUSE FOR DOING THAT AND IF THE COPS SAY OH WE DIDNT KNOW THE LAW STATES FOR A FACT THAT WE CAN ONLY TASE A PERSON 3 TIMES —– IGNORANCE OF THE IS NO EXCUSE —– 40 MILLION WOULDNT BE ENOUGH

  • Fureyous

    He asked for review of the USE OF FORCE policy???? Are you kidding me?? He should have asked for review of their insurance policy and 18USC1983. The just made this young man a very rich person. I suggest indentured servitude for the deputies until all tax payer money used to settle this case is repaid!

    • Clent Zetanvolken

      Rich?

      Yea right.

    • worried citizen

      THE POLICE SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY FOR THIS COMING LAWSUIT. MAYBE THEY’LL THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY DO TERRIBLE THINGS TO PEOPLE THEY ARREST.

  • Eva L Phenix

    This is what Trump wants them to do!! This is such inhumane treatment on this young man!! They are acting like paid barbarians!! Each one should get 40 jolts while restrained and gagged; between their legs!!! I abhor violence but in certain cases like this one, I say, tase them and then give this young man a long piece of rusty barbed wire and let him give each one forty excruciating lashes!! Then fire them!!!! Smh…

  • Reid Reasor

    8th

  • Rick Hiltz

    if that was my kid there would be 3 dead fucking cops

  • DEAR CITIZENS:
    When you sue your local PD, please name ANY and ALL Fraternal Orders of Police and/or Police Unions in your defendant list. Taxpayers are currently footing the bill for crazed brutal cops, and FOPs are constantly protecting the jobs of these tyrants. Hit the uniformed thugs where it really matters… in their pockets!