Three Tennessee deputies have been suspended for repeatedly tasering an 18-year-old suspect while he was restrained, according to the teen’s lawsuit.
Jordan Elias Norris, now 19, claims he suffered more than 40 pairs of taser burns after he was arrested and held at Cheatham County Jail for drugs and weapons offences last November. He has since filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court accusing the deputies of using excessive force, failure to protect and deprivation of civil rights. Shocking footage appears to show one of the officers repeatedly using a taser on Norris while he was bound to a chair.
The surveillance also shows the deputy telling him to ‘stop resisting,’ while stunning Norris, who automatically tenses in pain. The deputy went onto to stun Norris ‘four times totaling approximately fifty seconds on his stomach and legs,’ according to the suit, obtained by the Tennessean.
The suit adds the deputy involved acted in a ‘sadistic and malicious nature in repeatedly tasing Plaintiff Norris, such that the force was unreasonable.’ Three Cheatham County Sheriff’s deputies the one using the taser and two who stood by and failed to act have now been placed on administrative leave. None have been named.
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