Lawyers say the man whose allegations led to the firing of five Campbell County Deputies suffered through two hours of "torture."
Late Wednesday afternoon, 42-year old Lester Siler stood quietly next to his sisters, wife and 6-year old son, allowing a lawyer to explain his side of what happened at his Campbell County mobile home July 8.
Sheriff Ron McClellan had told the media that Siler ran out the back door of his home when five deputies came to serve him a warrant for violating probation on an earlier drug charge. But Siler's lawyer tells a different story.
"When officers arrived, he was standing outside," lawyer Mike Farley explains. "He was brought inside, handcuffed, and set down at the kitchen table. He never attempted to flee."
The five officers involved in Siler's arrest were fired Tuesday. Two detectives, including David Webber and Samuel Franklin, along with three deputies, William Carroll, Shayne Green and Joshua Monday, could still face criminal charges in connection with the alleged abuse.
Siler's lawyers say they'll also file civil charges against the officers who first forced Siler's wife and son to leave their home.
"The officers asked Mr. Siler to sign a consent to search form, waiving his constitutional rights to not search his home," Farley explains.
Farley says when Siler refused to let officers search his home, the five men beat him for nearly two hours.
"There were other forms of torture during this two hours, but at this time we're not at liberty to disclose any more facts about that," Farley says, adding that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation asked them not to release these details while the investigation continues.
Farley also says a key piece of physical evidence gathered by the family and turned in to the TBI will prove Siler's story that he feared for his life.
"I wish I could give you more details about what this particular evidence is," Farley says. "But at this time, I cannot. What I can tell you, is you'll be shocked and horrified when you are able to view this piece of evidence."
Siler's lawyer admits there were illegal drugs on his client's property and that Siler has pleaded guilty to a number of other drug charges in the past.
"He has had some problems in the past," Farley says. "However, if the Campbell County Sheriff's Department, or any other police department for that matter, feels like someone is violating the law, they need to take proper procedures to investigate a case like that and bring charges. You just don't go in and do it the wrong way."
Farley says he expects Siler to be cleared of all five drug charges stemming from this arrest.