Three Tennessee deputies were placed on administrative leave after a teenage boy sued them with claims that he was repeatedly stunned by Tasers while already in jail, The Tennessean reports.
Jordan Elias Norris, 19, was arrested Nov. 3 last year on marijuana, theft, and weapons charges.
Norris had been suspected of stealing a semi-automatic rifle, and officers believed he would use the weapon on law enforcement, Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove told the Tennessean. After his arrest, he was kept in a booking cell for several days because of behavioral issues, police said.
While in the booking jail, he was stunned with a Taser several times, including while restrained, the lawsuit claims. These incidents were captured on video.
"As Sheriff, I want our citizens to know that any inappropriate behavior that may have violated an individual's rights will not be tolerated,” Breedlove said in a statement. “I have placed the employees involved on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted. 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.”
The lawsuit claims that officers held the Taser against Norris, resulting in burns, in a practice known as “drive-stunning.”
One deputy "shocked Plaintiff Norris with a Taser device four times totaling approximately  seconds on his stomach and legs,” the lawsuit claims.
"I'll keep on doing that until I run out of batteries,” the suit claims a deputy said.
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