Sheriff's Lieutenant Rips Grill, Teeth Out of Man's Mouth
By Jeff Tang
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Last November, a Lieutenant with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office ripped out a man's grill before taking his mug shot. The problem was the grill was permanently attached to his teeth.
Anthony McCoy said ripping the grill out caused him weeks of pain, and it's costing the city and taxpayers thousands of dollars.
The grill was attached to McCoy's teeth with dental cement. Davidson County Sheriff's Lieutenant Tanya Mayhew changed that, when she decided the grill did not belong in McCoy's mug shot.
"He put his head back, she put on her gloves, put her fingers on his teeth and yanked as hard as she could," said David Raybin, McCoy's attorney. "It pulled the grill and enamel off several of his teeth. He started spitting blood and teeth, and tissue. They gave him a trash can and said spit into that and get back in line."
Raybin said McCoy, who'd been arrested for failing to pay child support, stayed in jail ten painful days before receiving medical treatment.
"Anyone can be arrested at anytime, but no one deserves to be treated this way," said Raybin.
Rabin reached a settlement with Metro attorneys. McCoy will get $75,000 from the city, and $20,000 from Correct Care Solutions, which provides medical care at the jail. The Metro Council will likely approve the settlement at its meeting Tuesday evening.
"Clearly it's not the way we want to spend our money. This is an egregious act on both a human and a financial level," said Metro Council Member Ronnie Steine.
Raybin said a big chunk of the settlement will go towards having McCoy's teeth fixed. Some of the money will also be used to catch up on his child support payments.
The Sheriff's office demoted Lt. Mayhew for her behavior and suspended her for five days.