By Natalie Neysa Alund
Garry Palmer sang his dead wife a gospel tune he wrote as he sat beside her headstone May 17, 2010, at Lake-view Cemetery in Loudon County.
It was the same routine the Lenoir City resident had performed every day since 53-year-old Brenda Palmer succumbed to kidney failure in 2008. But this particular evening took a path the 59-year-old man never expected and, he believes, changed his reputation forever.
Palmer has cerebral palsy.
He walks with a limp.
His speech is slurred.
On his way home that night, he accidently struck a dog that darted in front of his pickup truck. Deputies responded, and, Palmer said, because of his medical condition, wrongfully assumed he was driving drunk and sent him to jail. Now he has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit accusing Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider, three county deputies and a court clerk of false arrest, failure to train officers, malicious prosecution and a constitutional rights violation...
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