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Drudge: Tennessee policeman fired after photos show him choking student...

By Tim Ghianni 19 minutes ago

By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - A sheriff in Tennessee fired an officer after a British newspaper published photographs on Sunday that showed him choking a handcuffed college student until he lost consciousness.

The photographs published by online edition of the Daily Mail showed an unidentified officer appearing to throttle 21-year-old Jarod Dotson, while two fellow officers handcuffed the student's hands behind his back, after arresting him at a party near the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville.

The student did not appear to show any sign of resistance, while the officer, later identified as 47-year-old Frank Phillips, held him by the neck until he collapsed to his knees.

John Messner, the Knoxville photographer who took the pictures, described to the Mail how the officer then slapped Dotson around the head a few times before walking off.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones said in a written statement that Phillips was found by department investigators to have used excessive force during the arrest on Saturday night.

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ChristianAnarchist's picture

Keep in mind the officer was

Keep in mind the officer was only fired because he was PHOTOGRAPHED choking the student, not for actually doing the choking. If there were no photographs and the Sheriff had only verbal communication regarding the incident he would not have been fired and probably not even reprimanded. THE CAMERA IS THE NEW GUN !!!

Beware the cult of "government"...

Google "I shoot cops with my camera"

if you need a t-shirt expressing that sentiment.

Love it!


"I'm Ron Paul." - Ron Paul

It should be official

It should be official department policy to fire any officers who do nothing when they witness another officer commit a crime. In addition, they probably should be charged criminally as well to some extent.

Police need to realize that it is in their best interest as well as in the best interest of society to weed out the bad cops. And that any cops who cover for them or turn a blind eye to their criminal acts are also to be considered bad cops as well. I'm referring to the two officers who stood there subduing the victim and watched the other cop choke the guy out. That should not be tolerated. There should be some sort of obligation for them to have done something to protect the victim in this type of situation.


I can't agree more

with your comment. These two officers cuffing the kid should be held as an "accomplice" to assault just as any other typical citizen would be. They held the kid up while the other officer strangled him. Imagine if regular citizens were photographed doing the same thing!


Fired as a sheriff deputy...Does this mean he gets to go work with a city police department in his hometown? or better, gets to work with the Tennessee Highway Patrol ticketing speeders.
He should never be allowed to work with the public in any capacity.

These are more complete...

These are more complete articles with his name and photos



Interesting last line in the article, maybe there is hope.

Sheriff Jones, who is up for re-election, said KCSO is “in the process of purchasing officer worn body cameras (video and audio recordings) so incidents like this will be fully documented.”


Rick Stone

Rick Stone