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Cop Caught Choking A Handcuffed College Student Until He Passed Out


A sheriff’s deputy in Knox County, Tennessee has been caught in the act of choking a handcuffed college student until he passed out. Deputy

Frank Phillips, 47, was found “unsuitable for continued employment,” as stated by a termination notice uploaded late Sunday night on the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s website.

“In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident,” Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones stated about the photographed events.

“Therefore, Officer Phillips’ employment with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is terminated immediately.”

The investigation has now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office. They will ultimately determine whether any further action is “necessary.”

The photos were captured by John Messner, a freelance photographer in Knoxville. He started recording as soon as he saw the University of Tennessee student Jarod Dotson being choked. The 21-year-old student can be seen falling to his knees after the deputy’s grip brings him to unconsciousness.

Dotson had been drinking from a cup “that had an odor of an alcoholic beverage” at 23rd Street and Laurel Avenue. Apparently, this told the arresting deputies that they had the right to do essentially whatever they wanted to him.

Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, but was released Sunday morning on a $500 bond. The report filled out by arresting officers states that Dotson “began to physically resist officers’ instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officer’s leg.”

But it is clear from the photographs that he was already cuffed, with his hands behind his back when he was being choked out.

After he was rendered unconscious, the deputy who choked him continued slapping him around on the head before walking off.

Sheriff Jones has demoted the other five officers involved in the incident.

1 Comment on "Cop Caught Choking A Handcuffed College Student Until He Passed Out"

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  1. sister_h says:

    Wow. And the Sheriff did this (firing and demotions) without requiring the public to launch a campaign? Amazing.

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