NASHVILLE, Tenn. --
http://www.wtsp.com/news/watercooler/story.aspx?storyid=127632&catid=58This grill was pulled from Anthony McCoy's teeth.
Rest is at the linkA sheriff's lieutenant welcomed Anthony McCoy to the Davidson County jail system by ordering him to open wide to inspect the gold jewelry attached to his teeth.
What happened next left McCoy with a bloody mouth, 10 days of untreated, throbbing pain and Metro taxpayers with a legal bill close to $100,000.
"He was spitting out blood and teeth into a trash can, and then told to get back in line," said McCoy's attorney David Raybin.
The incident in November started with McCoy's arrest after failing to pay child support. A sheriff's deputy told him to remove the gold grill attached to his teeth. But when McCoy, 31, told the deputy it was permanently attached, Lt. Tanya Mayhew stepped in. She put on a rubber glove, stuck her hand in his mouth and yanked out the gold jewelry grill cemented to his teeth.
Raybin said his client had the enamel on his front four teeth ripped away and was denied proper medical treatment afterward. He asked to see a dentist but was given Tylenol instead. It took 10 days locked away before the dentist came.
The incident left his teeth disfigured and needed at least $10,000 in dental work. Metro lawyers have scrambled to reach a $95,000 legal settlement, including pain and suffering, that will go before the Metro Council tonight.
"This appears to be an unusual and pretty reprehensible act," said Councilman Ronnie Steine, the chairman of the budget and finance committee. "My hope is that the employee has had the appropriate disciplinary action for something that seems to be an egregious act."
Mayhew was later demoted and suspended for five days because of the incident. Metro is at a loss to explain why the lieutenant would try to remove the grill because there was no policy against having gold-plated teeth, even if they weren't permanently attached. A new policy enacted since the incident forbids deputies from removing them
Policy was violated
According to legal analysis by the Metro Council office, Mayhew violated a sheriff's department policy by placing her hand in McCoy's mouth. Metro also is liable for failing to provide medical treatment in a timely manner, and the officer's action could be a federal violation.