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January 17, 2018

Lawsuit seeks removal of deputy from office: Body cam footage utilized as evidence 


Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor  

RUTLEDGE – A lawsuit seeking an amount no more than $2,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, and the removal of a Grainger County Deputy from his office, was filed in Grainger County Circuit Court against Grainger County, Deputy Nathan Cook and Sheriff James Harville Friday, November 17. 

According to court documents, plaintiff Jessica Greenlee was at the Grainger County Justice Center to pick her children up from visitation with their father, and was speaking to their father and his wife about the wife’s discipline of the children.  

Approximately six deputies reportedly came from the sheriff’s office to where the conversation was occurring.  

Greenlee is alleged to have stepped away from that conversation and began speaking with officers and her mother when Cook allegedly “appeared” and told her to “hang on.” 

Cook allegedly upbraided Greenlee for continuing to speak after he told her to be quiet, as her children cried.  

Body cam video is cited in the complaint as evidence of Cook’s alleged misconduct. 

According to the complaint, Cook told Greenlee to “go sit on his cruiser” and while she was walking to the cruiser he placed his hands on her, twisting her arms behind her back to handcuff her after she refused to stop talking. 

The complaint states Cook “slammed (Greenlee) onto the hood of his vehicle and her head bounced off the hood.” 

When placed in the back of Cook’s cruiser with a K-9 officer, Greenlee was reportedly “terrified as she remained in a space in the back seat where her right elbow was against the door and her left elbow was against the dog’s cage.” 

The complaint alleges after placing Greenlee under arrest Cook asked other officers “What have you got on them,” and “What’s going on?” 

Greenlee was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was allegedly refused feminine sanitary items while held in the Grainger County Detention Center, and was reportedly left without a blanket for more than four hours.  

Greenlee claims she “suffered pain, bruising, embarrassment, fear, emotional distress, loss of faith in law enforcement, has recurring dreams and on each occasion she sees law enforcement she has racing of her heart in fear.” 

A jury trial has been requested.  

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3 Responses “Lawsuit seeks removal of deputy from office: Body cam footage utilized as evidence ”

  1. John Greenlee
    November 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Truth will come

  2. Kay Scott
    December 12, 2017 at 10:33 am

    God knows the situation and what happened. I just hope the Justice Center camera’s/video will be a part of the trial.

    • Shawn S.
      December 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Yes I hope they do show the police videos especially the ones that show how mean officers can be when they hide behind a badge!

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