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Tennessee Police Officer Fired For Choking Out A College Student

A Tennessee police officer working for Knox County Sheriff’s office has been fired for choking out a college student. Deputy Franks Phillips was caught on camera by a local photographer using excessive force to arrest an unruly drunkard at a University of Tennessee campus party.

Jared Dotson a student at UT was being arrested for public intoxication and drinking from a plastic cup that smelled like alcohol on the street. Officers repeatedly told Dotson to go back inside the house and to dispose of the alcoholic beverage. After ignoring the officers instructions Dotson and other people at the party became loud and obnoxious and started throwing beer bottles at the police cars, at which point the officers called for backup.

Tennessee Police Officer Fired For Choking Out A College Student

Police officer chokes out college student

Tennessee police officer fired for choking out a college student. Image Courtesy: John Messner and Daily Mail

Knox County Sheriff’s reports, that Dotson was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Local photographer John Messner caught the whole incident on camera.

Dotson was walked in handcuffs with police to the end of block to a police van that was waiting. Phillips along with two other police officers standing behind Dotson escorted him to the van and he was not resisting arrest, but for some reason Phillips put his hands around the young mans neck and began choking him as the two other officers changed a pair of handcuffs.

The deputies replacing his handcuffs held his arms behind his back while Phillips choked the 21-year-old college student. Dotson passed out and fell to the ground, and then deputies picked him up and carried him to the police van.

Sheriff Jimmy ‘J.J.’ Jones said, “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.”

Officer Phillips who has been working with the sheriffs office since 1992 was fired immediately after an investigation.

 Tennessee Police Officer Fired For Choking Out A College Student.

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