Federal Judge Won't Dismiss Wrongful Death Suit Against Deputy

A federal judge is refusing to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against a Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputy accused of slamming an unarmed, handcuffed man head-first onto concrete, Knoxnews reports. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves says Deputy Jerry Burns’ actions in the July 2016 death of 25-year-old Anthony Michael Edwards were beyond the pale — legally and constitutionally. The lawsuit seeks more than $150 million in compensatory and punitive damages against Burns, Deputy James Patty and Blount County government.
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