Hardeman Co. Jail needs to be 'more consistent' checking on inmates, report says

Hardeman Co. Jail needs to be 'more consistent' checking on inmates, report says

HARDEMAN COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A state inspection report from inside Hardeman County Jail cites the need for jailers to be more consistent when checking on inmates.

The information was uncovered as questions surround the apparent suicide of pro-wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler.

Lawler was discovered alone hanging in his jail cell Sunday. He was locked up for DUI.

State rules require jailers to check on inmates at least once an hour, and they're supposed to write down every time they do.

But a February state inspection report says jailers need to be more consistent with their documentation.

While the report found no deficiencies at the jail, the inspector wrote, "Recommend the facility reflects more consistency with their documentation of inmate security checks."

The attorney for Lawler's family wants to see those records, as well as any video from inside the jail, but we learned Thursday that the jail needs a new security camera system.

In a legal notice published in June, the Hardeman County Sheriff's Office requested bids from companies interested in installing a new camera system.

The notice does not say why the building needs an upgrade, but the building was constructed only eight years ago and is one of the newest jails in Tennessee.

Lawler's family, including his father Jerry "The King" Lawler, wants to know everything that happened before and after Brian's death.

"It would be interesting to see the actual events that took place, his conduct, his reaction, his movements, his speech, any requests for medical assistance," Lawler family attorney Ted Hansom said.

Hansom said surveillance video and jail logs should provide those answers.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to both the county sheriff and mayor Thursday but did not hear back.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating Lawler's death.

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