A person who alleges one of many former Memphis cops accused within the loss of life of Tyre Nicholas additionally beat him informed The Put up, “That might have been me.”
“I may very well be lifeless. As it’s my physique nonetheless hurts from the beating. It’s gonna harm for all times,” Cordarlrius Sledge informed The Put up.
Sledge alleged in a 2016 lawsuit that Demetrius Haley, 30, who then labored as a correction officer, participated in a jail beatdown of him.
Sledge, who filed the lawsuit on his personal behalf, mentioned Haley and one other officer punched him within the face throughout a seek for contraband, in response to court docket papers. He accused a 3rd guard of slamming him face-first right into a sink.
“I had some contraband on me and I used to be attempting to flush it down the bathroom however they didn’t comply with protocol. Haley was essentially the most vicious,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he blacked out and awoke in his mattress with blood pouring out of his ear.
“There was a lot blood on my pillow. It broken my proper ear for all times,” he mentioned.
Sledge mentioned he received an apology from the warden on the jail however nothing from Haley, who was working for the Shelby County Corrections Division.
Haley joined the Memphis police division in August 2020.
“He received a promotion from corrections officer to police officer,” Sledge mentioned. “I didn’t imagine my rattling eyes.”
Sledge, who was serving time for aggravated assault, is now dwelling in a Memphis midway home.
Haley denied in court docket papers that he assaulted Sledge. The lawsuit was dismissed after Sledge failed to supply the court docket with requested info.
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Nobody answered the door at Haley’s home Saturday.
He and the opposite officers have been fired Jan. 20.