- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tennessee man who died after deputies say he hit his head against pavement while resisting arrest alleges the sheriff has engaged in a pattern of covering up deputies’ illicit behavior.

Local news outlets report the civil rights lawsuit filed this week for the family of 25-year-old Anthony M. Edwards cites audio recordings of the June 2016 incident as proof that Deputy Jerry Burns slammed Edwards’ head, and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office tried to cover it up.

The suit, filed by attorney Troy Bowlin II, seeks more than $150 million in damages against Burns, former deputy James Patty, Sheriff Jim Berrong and county government.

Berrong issued a statement Wednesday saying the investigation into Edwards’ death is closed, with no punitive action taken against Burns.

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