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Tenn. deputies resign after inmate pepper-sprayed

Records indicate inmate was resisting officers and even spitting at them

By Jim Balloch
News Sentinel

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. — A Monroe County jail inmate, while restrained in a chair, was pepper-sprayed in the face by two sheriff's deputies last week, the News Sentinel has learned. The incident led to Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens' decision to accept the officers' resignations.

On Friday, Bivens issued a vaguely worded news release, stating that unspecified officers had resigned over an "event" involving the "possibility of improper procedural issues" over the "handling of an inmate in custody."

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