Three correctional officers are now on gardening leave after an inmate was filmed being shocked with a stun gun repeatedly while strapped to a chair at Cheatham County Jail, Tennessee.
The release of CCTV footage has prompted Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove to investigate allegations of police brutality at the facility.
Three deputies are seen restraining 19-year-old Jordan Norris in a chair while he is shocked with a stun gun at least four times in the torso and legs.
At one point, Norris can be heard screaming in pain as one officer holds a piece of white material under his mouth.
The incident took place last November at Cheatham County Jail in Ashland City.
According to the Tennessean, Norris, who was detained on drugs charges in November 2016, has now filed a lawsuit citing a civil rights violation.
Breedlove has since moved to reassure Tennessee residents about the jail’s use of force and confirmed that an investigation into the incident is now underway.
“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,” sheriff Breedlove said in a statement released to News Channel 5.
He added: “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 [sic] the employees involved on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.
“We will work closely and cooperatively with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney’s Office to ensure all facts are provided and all angles of this incident are thoroughly investigated.”