NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When a Tennessee jailer ripped the gold grill from a new inmate’s teeth two days before Thanksgiving last year, it left the 31-year-old man in excruciating pain and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $100,000 in damages.
It happened Nov. 24, a day after McCoy was admitted to the Metro Jail on charges of contempt of court for failure to pay child support, two counts of violation of an order of protection and harassment. When a guard asked McCoy to remove his grill while he was being processed in the jail, he said it was permanently cemented to his teeth years earlier.
Anthony McCoy spat out blood and teeth in a trash can and was in agony for more than a week after Davidson County Sheriff’s Lt. Tanya Mayhew reached into his mouth and yanked out the grill, along with the cement attached to his teeth, said his lawyer, David Raybin. The forced extraction pulled the enamel off McCoy’s front teeth and left him with a damaged mouth that still isn’t fixed, Raybin said.
“There was no urgency at all,” Raybin said of the Metro Jail officials and Correct Care Solutions, the company that Nashville contracts with to provide inmate medical care. “This guy was in agony for over a week and a half.” The inmate’s claim is based on pain and suffering, as well as the dental damage. CCS has agreed to pay $20,000 because of the “unwarranted delay” in receiving treatment, the Metro Council’s legal analysis says. It also says Mayhew broke sheriff’s office policy by reaching into the inmate’s mouth. The paperwork also acknowledges that McCoy waited 10 days before ever receiving medical treatment beyond Tylenol, in spite of repeated pleas for help. Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday approved a $95,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit.
The lieutenant who pulled out the grill was demoted and received five days suspension. McCoy was later convicted on the harassment charges and released from jail on Feb. 2. (Huffington Post)