Skip to comments.Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student
Posted on 04/28/2014 8:31:48 AM PDT by mandaladon
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 the Daily Mail in 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.
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But he keeps his pension, right ?
This cop will be working for BLM by the end of the week.
Obviously a graduate of the Fullerton Police Academy.
The two other Blue Heroes in the picture should have been fired too - for doing NOTHING to stop this thug.
He could have killed the kid.
But he’s a “civilian” now..
Hopefully, he’ll meet up with someone who doesn’t take kindly to being choked. Or seeing someone else choked.
He had it bad enough with Moe. I hate to see Curly fall so far.
Keep an eye out.. often a few weeks after a “firing” the officer will be rehired either at the same location or one that is associated with it.
Now the question is IF the student did the same thing where would they be RIGHT now ?
I sometimes feel society would be better off with all citizens armed, and no cops.
What I have seen happen occasionally here in NE Fla. is the cop just get’s a job with a PD in one of the surrounding counties/towns.
He was fired.
Either that or some other federal agency. Perhaps for a small town not too far from Knoxville.
According to WVLT news, the Sheriff was quoted: "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. Therefore, Officer Phillips employment with the Knox County Sheriffs Office is terminated immediately. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney Generals Office to determine any further action. This incident provides a perfect example of why we are in the process of purchasing officer worn body cameras (video and audio recordings) so incidents like this will be fully documented.
If that happens, then whatever agency that hires him should be hounded and harassed until they are forced to reverse their decision. Americans need to practice ‘zero tolerance’ with this type of situation and not permit slime like this greaseball to work again.
Heres the contact email of the attorney general : Let him hear our anger: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is why sheriffs are subject to re-election.
Keeps them accountable.
This was the first time he’s been caught on camera, but I’m sure this wasn’t the first time he’s used that “Carotid Artery” blocking technique. As practice makes perfect, his technique was just too polished and perfect to have been a one time, spur of the moment event.
District 6: http://www.tndagc.org/dag6.htm
There. Fixed it for them.
Reminds me of Matt’s books. He’s the type of guy that gets hired on by some federal agency to do dirty work.
one wonders what would be happening right now if the victim had been black or a member of Occupy Wall Street
So you’re one of those, huh?
Defiant Knox sheriff to stack illegal immigrants 'like cordwood' in jail Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | August 21, 2013 | News Sentinel staff Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:22:16 PM by Jim Hill KNOXVILLE Knox County Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones on Wednesday denounced an inept administration that has declined his proposal to train local officers on enforcing federal immigration laws. An inept administration is clearing the way for law breaking illegal immigrants to continue to thrive in our community and ultimately be allowed to reside in the United States. I will continue to enforce these federal immigration violations with or without the help of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jones said. If need be, I will stack these violators like cordwood in the Knox County Jail until the appropriate federal agency responds. (Excerpt)
Not to worry. If such an event doesn't just happen to occur, the Democrats will create one they can use to rally their base before the November election.
So the officer was correct to choke out someone who wasn’t resisting?
Reading reports of the “Block Party” and things on Twitter make it sound like this party thing got way out of hand. Of course sounded like the students were bragging about it..
Sheriff sounds honest and decisive.
See my post #21.
In general, I support cops. They've got a cruddy job to do, dealing with the worst kind of people, at their very worst. I doubt that I could do it - could I treat a drug-addicted repeat child molester in a crack house with the same professionalism as I'd treat a generally law-abiding citizen at a routine traffic stop? I doubt it, and I especially think that I'd have a hard time keeping each incident isolated, particularly as I worked the job for a time and obtained a dim view of people in general.
I'd be curious to see where the hiring line is. How do you find someone who's aggressive enough to be a solid policeman - taking all of the risks associated with the job - but also one who can control their temper and be a voice of reason in what are nearly always high-stress situations? And, how did the uniformed clown in the video circumvent that process and get hired?
I think that those are the questions to be asked. Just my $0.02.
Try him for assault and battery. Then lock is ass up with Bubba.
Prisoners HATE cops. He won’t last long.
And that makes it okay to choke out a cooperating person?
“...other two officers are on admin leave...”
Not good enough.
They were standing RIGHT THERE, watching their pig partner choke this kid out.
They need to lose their jobs, now. Turn in the badge, the gun and you no longer get to work in ANY LEO capacity where you have potential life and death decisions over ANYONE.
The pig thug outweighs the kid, is much larger than the kid, and the kid handcuffed.
If that kid had an asthma condition, or some other breathing disorder, and he died, that would be murder. The fact that this buttwipe just walked up and choked him out... while HANDCUFFED...
For the record, I don’t use the word “Pig” lightly for cops; by and large, they’re doing their jobs, oftentimes hazardous.
But this man IS a pig, and he needs to go to jail for attempted murder at worst, aggravated assault and battery at the least.
In a better world, with better people, this POS would be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.
I am just commenting on the “block party”
Absolutely right! There has been too many incidents where “good cops” have stayed behind the blue wall. They should have arrested him right there. We should meditate on why we accept things the way they are.
“...probably forgot that he always was...”
Nope. He’s “LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!! (damnit!) and you WILL comply (or be choked out on the street while handcuffed.
I see for some reason my post at #33 pulled.
Guy is caught on film, choking out a college kid... I’m outraged by it. One wonders how many other choke-outs he’s gotten away with that WEREN’T filmed... and his Blue Brothers said and did nothing. He appears to know very well what he was doing, and just how to do it.
I still remember when we used to call cops “Peace Officers”. And they referred to themselves that way too.
It doesn’t justify in any way the behavior of the officer.
So why bring it up?
“...too many incidents where good cops have stayed behind the blue wall...”
When cops stop thinking it’s “us versus them” towards people...
.... then maybe people will stop thinking it’s “them” against the rest of “us”.
Some of them seem to forget who they work for.
But for the British press, and pictures, and the fact that the victim had a spotless record, this cop would have continued along his merry way. The cops who were also there and said nothing should also be fired.
Curious to see if anyone else will come forward now, who may have had similar “breath-taking” experiences with this badged clown.
The photo montage is kind of chilling. He’s staring at the kid while he’s choking him out, and appears to be smiling slightly.
What gets me is that these Nazis will attack someone like this, THEN they add “resisting arrest” to the charge list when the person tries to breathe or exercises some other involuntary action. I cannot stand pigs like this. They are a direct assault on the Constitution, and their contempt for our land deserves our fullest prosecution.
“..began to physically resist officers instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officers leg...”
The photo montage shows otherwise.
“..Where I come from we teach our kids if a police officer gives you a command you follow it immediately and without question..”
Do you teach your kids what to do if they’re being choked unconscious by a guy who’s supposed to be “upholding the law”?
Where I come from, choking someone is called “aggravated assault”.
I don’t care if he has a badge or not - you don’t put your hands on my neck. At that point, I’m supposed to rely on your sense of mercy?
Not a chance. That goes into “Life or Death Struggle” in my book.
That kid was helpless to do anything at that point. And if he WAS resisting, there were still THREE large cops on him. He wasn’t going anywhere.
Jail the choker,fire the watchers.
Thread winner. I agree completely.
With you on that one, Hoosier. Big time.
“Brutal choking” as opposed to gentle choking?