Elvis Hester (2020)

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On June 9, 2020, Hester was arrested and taken to the county jail.[1]

While in jail, Hester had made several complaints about Shelby County Tennessee Sheriff's Office Deputy Stevon Jones regarding daily harassment by the officer. On July 19, 2020, Hester filed another complaint, claiming that Jones had refused to give Hester his medications and had threatened to put his genitals in Hester's food.[1]

Hester claimed that, on July 20, 2020, Jones, Damian Cooper, James Perry, and Steveland Freeman assaulted him and fabricated three sets of disciplinary charges.[1]

The incident was captured on multiple surveillance cameras.[1]

On July 28, 2020, a disciplinary board dismissed the charges against Hester as they did not match surveillance video.[1]

On August 25, 2020, Jones was suspended for 10 days without pay for violating the agency's excessive force and unsatisfactory performance policies.[1]

On January 13, 2021, Hester filed a lawsuit against the county and several deputies for violation of his civil rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments and use of unnecessary and excessive force.[1]

In March 2023, the lawsuit was settled.[1]

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