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Cop Fired For Brutally Choking Student [Gif]

Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.

Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriffs officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in theDaily Mailin Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriffs Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.

Officer Frank Phillips is seen chocking twenty-one year old College student  Jarod Dotson while be arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. (Photo by John Messner)

An officer identified by the Sheriffs office as Frank Phillips is seen choking college student Jarod Dotson while he was being arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. (John Messner)

WBIR reportsthat law enforcement responded to a disturbance near the University of Tennessee where a house party with about 800 people had reportedly become unruly and spilled out into the street.

According to a police report, Dotson ignored repeated instructions to go inside,the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.Deputy Brandon Gilliam wrote in the official report that Dotsonbegan to physically resist officers instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officers leg.

Messner, a freelance photographer who documented the incident, told The Washington Post that Dotson showed no signs of resisting arrest.

Messners still pictures, arranged by The Post in the GIF below, show two officers cuffing Dotsons hands behind his back when Phillips came over and choked Dotson until he collapsed to his knees. Messner said that as Dotson was being pulled up he was smacked in the back of the head, a snap-out-of-it kinda smack under the circumstances.

An officer identified by the Sheriff

An officer identified by the Sheriffs Office as Frank Phillips is seen choking college student Jarod Dotson while he was being arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. (John Messner)

Jarod Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.

In apress releaseon Sunday night, 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. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney Generals Office to determine any further action.

Fired immediately. For once they did the right thing.

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Date: 05/02/14 01:50 PM

7 Responses to Cop Fired For Brutally Choking Student [Gif]

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 2, 2014 at 11:04 am
    Link: Cop Fired For Brutally Choking Student - Fired immediately. For once they did the right thing.
  2. Profile photo of CaptKangaroo
    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
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    May 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    It`s interesting that `excessive force` on it`s own, is not a crime. Perhaps it should be; If a review board determines that an officer used excessive force, that officer should automatically be arrested for assault and oppression under color of law. The first- depending on severity of force used, the circumstances and injuries sustained- should start as a misdemeanor offense and rise in severity accordingly; The second charge should be a felony charge.
    Cull the thugs from the police.
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
    997 posts
    May 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm
    Right now can people see which newspaper reported this? It`s the Daily Mail. Daily Mail can be very biased and their credentials for science a bit distorted. But can people stop saying it`s the Onion now.
  4. Profile photo of MelCervini
    MelCervini Female 50-59
    2195 posts
    May 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm
    If I read another article correctly, the police that were standing by and doing nothing while hotdogcop choked that guy out, got fired too? (and once again... I`m supposed to let THEM be the only ones with guns? pffffffffft)
  5. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
    14625 posts
    May 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm
    Daily Mail? Must be false.
  6. Profile photo of chalket
    chalket Male 50-59
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    May 3, 2014 at 8:24 am
    @Drac
    I suppose you failed to notice there are also links to WBIR, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Knox County Sheriff`s Facebook and the Washington Post?
  7. Profile photo of techstorm
    techstorm Male 40-49
    100 posts
    May 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm
    @MelCervini
    "(and once again... I`m supposed to let THEM be the only ones with guns? pffffffffft)"

    Ironically, not here in Tennessee. We have concealed carry permits so cops are definitely NOT the only ones with guns! In fact, citizens WITH guns probably out number them like 50 to 1 at the least. There was recently a law that passed the state senate and almost passed the house but stalled in committee that would allow ANY resident of Tennessee to OPEN carry any firearm that they legally own. Imagine THAT! Guys with an AK47 or AR15 on their shoulder in line at the movies and nothing the police could do about it.

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