A lawsuit filed filed in the U.S. District Court accusing three Cheatham County, Tennessee Sheriff’s deputies of deprivation of civil rights has resulted in them being placed on administrative leave.
Lawyers for Jordan Norris, who was at 18 years old at the time, allege the force was “sadistic, malicious and unreasonable,” according to WKRN.
Norris is seen on surveillance video being tasered repeatedly while he’s in a restraining chair. One of the deputies tells him; “I’ll keep on going until I run out of batteries.”
The Tennessean reports that Norris’ lawsuit cites “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 teen was originally arrested and charged with felony drug and weapons charges.
Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove has requested 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.”