The Knox County Sheriff’s Office fired a deputy and placed two other deputies on administrative leave after photos revealed a deputy used excessive force while busting a party near the University of Tennessee’s campus.
The photos show as two officers are twisting his arms behind his back, another deputy walks in front of the young man and puts his hands around his neck.
As it can be seen from the sequence of shots, the student appears to lose consciousness, his knees start buckling as he sinks to the ground, while the officer continues to choke him or activate a pressure point that sends him unconscious.
The officers behind the victim fiddle with his handcuffs even when he’s being choked.
After the man was unconscious, they picked him up and the officer who choked him slapped him around the head a few times and then he walked off.
The man was arrested at a college party celebrating after a week of finals. The photographer who captured the pictures says the man went willingly and did not resist arrest.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office fired Phillips after has been found “unsuitable for continued employment with the Sheriff’s Office.”
“After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident,” Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said in a statement. “Therefore, Officer Phillips’ employment with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is terminated immediately. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office to determine any further action.”