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Tennessee Deputy Charged After Videos Show Him Tasing Teen Tied to Chair

In one surveillance video, the victim is tased four times for a total of 50 seconds.

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Screenshot via The Tennessean

Two Tennessee sheriff's deputies face federal charges in connection with a 2016 incident, captured on surveillance videos, in which they used a stun gun on a teenager tied to chair at the Cheatham County jail. In one video, he is tased four times for a total of 50 seconds.

Jordan Elias Norris, who was 18 at the time, was arrested in November 2016 for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, weapon possession, and theft under $500. According to a lawsuit he filed in 2017, Norris suffered more than 40 pairs of Taser burns. "I'll keep on doing that until I run out of batteries," Cpl. Mark Bryant allegedly told Norris. Bryant and two other deputies were placed on leave after the incident, which was referred to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

On Tuesday, Don Cochran, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced indictments against Bryant and Sgt. Gary Ola. Bryant is charged with deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on the first charge and up to 20 years on the second. Ola is charged with making false statements to the TBI and the FBI. If convicted, Ola faces up to five years in prison. Ola was still employed with the Cheatham County Sheriff's Office when the charges were announced. Both men were arrested on Tuesday. The other two deputies initially placed on leave were not listed. Ola became involved later during the investigation.

"They abused him and they tortured him, and then lied about it," Norris' stepfather, Tony Chapman, said yesterday. When he first saw his stepson's burns, Chapman told reporters, he sided with the deputies, assuming Norris was fighting back. His perception changed after he saw the surveillance videos.

Chapman suspects the officers' actions contributed to his son's death. Norris, who dropped his lawsuit after receiving a settlement, died in March at the age of 19. An autopsy found that he died from a suspected overdose. But Chapman notes that the autopsy also found damage to the right ventricle of Norris' heart, which may have been a factor in his death.

"We're talking about a young, healthy 18-year-old when these tasings happened," he said. "Absolutely no doubt in my mind that this tasing incident damaged his heart."

A 2017 report from Reuters documented fatal Taser abuse behind bars:

Reuters identified 104 deaths involving Tasers behind bars, nearly all since 2000—10 percent of a larger universe of more than 1,000 fatal law enforcement encounters in which the weapons were used. Some of the in-custody deaths were deemed "multi-factorial," with no distinct cause, and some were attributed to pre-existing health problems. But the Taser was listed as a cause or contributing factor in more than a quarter of the 84 inmate deaths in which the news agency obtained autopsy findings.

Like Norris, more than two-thirds of the inmates in the cases that Reuters reviewed were immobilized by officers before they were tased. Only two of the inmates were armed.

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  1. Hopefully charged with 50,000 volts?

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  2. But, you don’t understand, that kid cuffed to the chair was threatening them. They could see it in his eyes.

    1. He was coming right at ’em!

      1. He blinked threats at them via morse code

        1. With malice in his heart.

  3. He reached a settlement (would love to know how much) and then evidently blew it all on fentanyl.

  4. This is why I feel the #BlackLivesMatter movement undercuts itself. By depicting the problems of police brutality and militarization as beginning and ending with racism, they invite an us/them mentality and play right into the hands of law enforcement. If they could successfully start communicating that these things are everyone’s problem — that while darker-skinned people might be more likely to be on the receiving end of this crap, nobody’s truly immune — they could potentially get some momentum for real action on the problem.

    Of course, the real motive of the leadership of such movements tends to be milking problems, rather than solving them.

    1. yeah racism shouldn’t be brought up. *nods to the fucking person complaining about racism being brought up*

  5. But what if Jordan Norris was an illegal human? Gotta deter them from coming over the border, you know.

    1. Save it for another thread. This is one issue that shouldn’t divide the commentators. Bask in the unity, while we grumble our denouncement of one another

      1. I see BUCS’s niceness is rubbing off on you.

        1. I see BUCS’s niceness is rubbing off on you.

          FIFY.

    2. But what if Jordan Norris was an illegal human?

      Then he should never have been returned to his parents in the first place. That would have saved him from overdosing. Though he likely would have been tased to death instead. But he would have deserved it.

    3. That’s a bigger stretch than a Catholic woman’s cooch.

    4. But what if Jordan Norris was an illegal human? Gotta deter them from coming over the border, you know.

      Let’s make everything about what you want to talk about.

  6. Sgt. Gary Ola. Bryant is charged with deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice

    These do not strike me as the correct charges for brutally torturing an individual.

    1. If they were charged with depraved indifference, torture or assault then the entire force would have to be indicted. After all, that’s their job. So they have to use other charges.

      1. I think both should at least have dildos up their respective asses for the rest of their lives. And perhaps they should also have to annually swap their dildos with each other since they were partners in crime.

  7. Bryant is charged with deprivation of rights and obstruction of justice. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on the first charge and up to 20 years on the second.

    Yeah, those priorities sound fair.

  8. But this wasn’t real torture! Nobody’s limbs were torn off; nobody’s anus was pierced by a pyramid; nodoby’s chest was reconfigured to look like an eagle! These patriotic AMERICAN police officers were just trying to instill some discipline into this subhuman malefactor!
    This country is falling apart all the seams because our police aren’t equipped to deal with the horrors of reality such as this pile of disgusting meat we call “Jordan Elias Norris.” We need Law & Order!

    1. I miss Law & Order as well. It’s cancellation was a disgusting breach of the social contract on NBCs part. But that does NOT justify what is happening here.

      1. Law & Order ran its course. I can’t even watch a few minutes of an episode without feeling fatigued.

        1. God, even in a different dimension Tony just has this inherent wrongness to him.

          1. I can’t change who I am the core, baby. At least I don’t have a fetish for latino chicks. That’s shit-tier.

  9. Tennessee Deputy Charged After Videos Show Him Tasing (WHITE) Teen Tied to Chair

    Because we all know it would be in the headline if it was a black guy, which is why this entire debate gets muddied. The major press only reports on these things when it involves a black guy. Twice as many white people are killed by cops. Can you name a single one? Focusing solely on the racial aspects of the police abuse debate is a fucking sideshow that distracts from actually solving the issues.

    1. Can you name a single one?

      Kelly Thomas

      1. I found the Kelly Thomas angle interesting because it only got tepid (and brief) coverage via major media outlets probably because the case was so blatant and horrible. It’s interesting when you compare the coverage of Kelly Thomas to say, Michael Brown.

        1. probably because the case was so blatant and horrible

          Cops beat a white guy to death with their bare hands? Can’t go making that big news. It will deflate the ‘cops are only picking on black people’ balloon.

    2. No, feel free to bring up race while complaining that people bring up race. God, look in a fucking mirror.

      1. To be fair, the race angle sets up an easy rebuttal as cop apologists show that they shoot white people more than black people.

        If the two poles of the argument are “cops are targeting black people” and “cops are doing fine!” – which is how the retarded Kabuki debate has been set up – then we don’t exactly have a recipe for good policy outcomes.

      2. No, feel free to bring up race while complaining that people bring up race. God, look in a fucking mirror.

        This. Every time BLM brings up police abuse, it raises the issue in everyone’s mind, except apparently his, which is fixated on race.

        Believe it or not, a problem can be approached from different angles. More angles are good, not bad. We should be cheering them on- because there’s simply no possibility that lawmakers are going to pass something that covers only black victims. Their fight is our fight too.

        Statement from when BLM created an official police/justice reform platform:

      3. “We can live in an America where the police do not kill people,” the group said on its new Internet portal.

        “Police in England, Germany, Australia, Japan and even cities like Newark, N.J. and Richmond, Calif. demonstrate that public safety can be ensured without killing civilians,” the group said.

        “By implementing the right policy changes, we can end police killings and other forms of police violence in the United States,” it added. “We must end police violence so we can live and feel safe in this country.”

        Black Lives Matter’s new website calls for sweeping legislative reforms at both the state and federal levels.

        The coalition is calling for restrictions on the use of deadly force by law enforcement, outlawing military supplies to police departments and training against racial bias.

        It is also pushing for a federal database documenting all incidents featuring police brutality, its website said.

        website:

        https://www.joincampaignzero.org/problem/

        Very little about race.

  10. When he first saw his stepson’s burns, Chapman told reporters, he sided with the deputies, assuming Norris was fighting back.

    This pretty much captures the conservatives’ view of policing. When they’re caught doing something shitty or incompetent, they just side with the police officer assuming that the victim must have been asking for it. It’s amazing how long they ride that train no matter how much evidence is presented to them.

    1. When they’re caught doing something shitty or incompetent, they just side with the police officer assuming that the victim must have been asking for it.

      Well, when you steal someone else’s property, you are kinda asking to be arrested and to assume that behavior patterns don’t exist or that the opposite of them is always true is almost definitively insanity. So, you’re left with accepting the possible before you join forces with Holmes and go off eliminating the impossible.

      Knowing what we know about the officers now, it would seem reasonable to look over past complaints and/or any confessions they obtained. But that’s only reasonable if you have the audacity to believe in behavior patterns.

  11. When he first saw his stepson’s burns, Chapman told reporters, he sided with the deputies, assuming Norris was fighting back. His perception changed after he saw the surveillance videos.

    Funny how perceptions change once the video comes out.

  12. Always Fifen when you ought to be Taylorin.

  13. This young man was murdered plain and simple. But who was supposed to be in charge of the surveillance tapes? They are as much to blame.

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