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Mark Bryant, a former corrections officer who worked in a Tennessee jail has been sentenced to five years in prison for using excessive force while acting under color of law. Bryant had repeatedly used a stun gun on a restrained 18-year-old detainee named Jordan Norris back on November 5, 2016.

Bryant had used the stun gun on Norris four times for a total duration of 50 seconds, leaving his skin burned and looking like “raw hamburger meat,” according to one corrections officer.

Afterward, Bryant directed officers not to report the incident. Bryant reportedly filed misleading reports about the incident and later gave false information about it to the FBI, according to The Tennessean.

A former corrections officer who repeatedly used a stun gun on a restrained detainee has been sentenced to five years in prison. In this June 12, 2020, a policeman wears a taser.
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When the incident occurred, Bryant worked as a former Cheatham County Sheriff’s deputy. Norris had been arrested for drug possession, possession of a handgun and driving while under the influence which all violated conditions of his probation for incidents that occurred in January and February of 2016.

During his detainment, Norris said he experienced a mental health episode that, according to police, caused him to become combative. Three officers handcuffed Norris and restrained him to a chair with leather restraints binding his wrists, ankles and waist. Norris struggled as officers also placed a spit hood over his head.

Video of the incident shows Bryant repeatedly using his stun gun on Norris and at one point telling him, “I’ll keep on doing it until I run out of batteries.”

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Officers are trained to use stun guns no more than three times for five seconds at a time, according to The Tennessean, though at the time, officers had no official written policy on the duration of taser use, Bryant’s lawyer claimed.

“The extraordinary abuse of power displayed by Bryant was both disturbing and disappointing to the many fine men and women in law enforcement who strive every day to carry out their duties with honor and professionalism,” U.S. Attorney Donald Q. Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee said in a statement.

“The sentencing of former Corrections Officer Mark Bryant sends a strong message that law enforcement officers or any other government employees who abuse their authority and use unlawful force will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” Douglas Korneski, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Field Office of the FBI, said. “Our citizens have a fundamental and constitutional right to ethical treatment by employees of federal, state, and local government.”

Norris died at the age of 19 in March 2019. He reached a civil settlement with the police department, but Bryant still faced criminal charges afterwards.

RepublicanWire contacted the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department for comment.

Former concentration camp guard Freidrich Karl Berger lost his appeal to stay in the U.S. on Thursday after he was ordered to be deported in February, according to information from the U.S. Department of Justice.

During World War II, Berger served in Nazi Germany as an armed guard for a group of concentration camps collectively known as Neuengamme. Berger emigrated to Tennessee in 1954 and took up residence in Oak Ridge. After Berger was discovered by investigators, he was ordered to be sent back to Germany. Berger appealed the decision, but his request was denied by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

“Berger was an active participant in one of the darkest chapters in human history,” said Deputy Assistant Director Louis A. Rodi III of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) National Security Investigations Division in a Thursday statement. “War criminals and violators of human rights will not be allowed to evade justice and find safe haven here.”

During his two-day long trial in February, Berger admitted that he was still receiving a pension from Germany that included payments for his “wartime service.” Berger also guarded prisoners as they endured a march following the evacuation of a camp within the Neuenegamme system. Within the span of roughly two weeks, approximately 70 prisoners died under Berger’s watch.

Berger’s deportation is legal because of a law called the Holtzman Amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the deportation of any individual that “participated in Nazi persecution, genocide, or the commission of any act of torture or extrajudicial killing.”

A former Nazi Germany concentration camp guard lost his appeal to stay in the U.S. and will be deported, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
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It will be up to German officials to decide whether Berger will be charged for any crimes. RepublicanWire reached out to the Jewish advocacy group Anti-Defamation League for comment.

Berger, who is in his nineties, is one of the oldest remaining Nazis to be captured after the end of World War II. In 2018, former Nazi guard Jakiw Palij was deported from the U.S. after spending decades in New York.

Investigators found that Palij had served as a guard at the Trawniki labor camp, located in a part of occupied Poland, during World War II. On his U.S. Visa application, Palij had claimed that he had spent that time doing farm and factory work.

Originally from a section of Poland that is now Ukraine territory, Palij managed to remain in the U.S. for 14 years after the initial deportation order was levied against him because Polish and Ukraine officials refused to accept him. President Donald Trump ordered the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to apprehend Palij at his home. Palij was placed on a stretcher and delivered to a nursing home in Germany. Palij died in 2019 at the age of 95.

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In a 2018 statement, then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Palij’s deportation sent a “strong message.”

“The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations,” Sanders wrote, “and they will not find a safe haven on American soil.”