Corrections officers involved the restraint chair tasing of a man at the Cheatham County Jail have been placed on administrative leave following a NewsChannel 5 investigation.
Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove has asked the District Attorney to request an independent investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Jordan Norris was arrested on drug and weapons charges last November and spent several days in Cheatham County Jail.
A lawsuit named three deputies as defendants and claimed Norris was tased while he was "physically restrained" in a restraint chair.
Sheriff Breedlove said officers followed procedure because Norris continued flinching and was not fully restrained.
However, Breedlove said on Friday that he had not seen all of the video when he spoke to NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
He issued a statement, saying in part:
“Prior to receiving more detailed information, I provided a statement based off of what I had initially seen, to a Nashville television reporter. After seeing the media report and videos not previously viewed, I immediately directed supervisors to examine the Sheriff’s Office's current use-of-force policy. I also contacted District Attorney General Ray Crouch Jr. to request 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 place the employees involved on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.”
Breedlove said they would cooperate with the TBI and DA’s office as the investigation continues.