A Rutherford County jail inmate who was confined and pepper-sprayed in the face in late 2013 is taking federal action against Rutherford County and the sheriff's office, a court official confirmed.
Demario Harris Jr., represented by Nashville attorneys David Cooper and Aubrey Givens, filed a lawsuit over the incident Nov. 26 in U.S. District Court, according to the court.
A YouTube video shows Officer James Vanderveer, the nephew of Sheriff Robert Arnold, confining Harris and securing his leg with the help of another jailer, then spraying him after his face is covered. See video HERE.
Arnold declined to comment on the lawsuit.