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Three US police officers have been suspended for allegedly repeatedly tasering an 18-year-old suspect who was strapped to a chair.
Jordan Elias Norris, now 19, has filed a lawsuit claiming he suffered more than 40 taser burns after he was arrested and held at Cheatham County Jail in the state of Tennessee.
Norris, who was being detained over drugs and weapons offences, filed the lawsuit in the US District Court citing excessive force, failure to protect and deprivation of civil rights.
Footage appears to show one of the officers repeatedly using a taser on Norris while he is being restrained in a chair.
The lawsuit, obtained by the Tennessean newspaper, claims the officer tasered Norris “four times totaling approximately 50 seconds on his stomach and legs.”
“I’ll keep on doing that until I run out of batteries,” the officer is heard telling Norris in the video footage.
The lawsuit claims the officer using the taser acted in a “sadistic and malicious nature” and that the force used was “unreasonable”.
Norris was arrested on November 3, 2016 and charged with the manufacturing and possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and five counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, according to the Tennessean.
Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove told the newspaper Norris was originally suspected of stealing a semi-automatic rifle and it was feared he would use the weapon on police who tried to arrest him.
He said he had ordered an independent investigation into the incident and had ordered supervisors to review the current “use of force” policy.
The newspaper quoted Mr Breedlove as saying: “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.
“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.”
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