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Man Says Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies Assaulted Him

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Posted at 6:53 AM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:43:39-04

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A 23-year-old man has accused Hamilton County sheriff's deputies of assaulting him multiple times while he was handcuffed.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Tuesday that Joshua P. Ferriera filed a lawsuit against the sheriff's office, Deputy Jeremy Wright and 12 unnamed defendants.

According to arrest records, Ferriera was arrested on charges of domestic assault, vandalism, aggravated assault and resisting arrest on Aug. 9, 2014.

Ferriera says that inside the county jail, he was punched in the face by Wright, who was wearing black gloves, and attacked by multiple deputies while on his jail cell's concrete floor, causing his face and mouth to bleed.

The lawsuit seeks $3 million in damages. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office did not return the newspaper's request for comment on the lawsuit Tuesday evening.

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