Police Abuse

Cop Fired After Being Caught on Camera Choking Student


Having finished their finals, students of the University of Tennessee on Saturday engaged in the time-honored tradition of throwing huge, drunken parties. One block party that had an estimated 800 attendees spilling into the street would have probably gone down in student lore as particularly awesome, except the cops showed up. Knox County sheriff's deputy Frank Phillips stole the show by getting particularly gung-ho about protecting and serving the community: He choked out a student who was already handcuffed. The act was caught by a photographer and Phillips was promptly fired on Sunday for "gross incompetence, inefficiency and negligence on duty."

Jarod Dotson, a 21-year-old student, was being arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest when John Messner, a freelance photographer with the Knoxville News Sentinel pulled out his camera. He claims that Dotson did not actually resist arrest at any point.

"There is a … picture of the victim being walked up the block…. He's compliant. When they get to the paddy wagon they swap cuffs. The arresting officer takes his personal cuffs off and they put on 'paddy wagon' cuffs to take him to jail," Messner told the New York Daily News. While two officers handcuffed Dotson, Phillips "choked him till he went unconscious" and then "smacked him once on the back of his head or shoulder area."

His photographs were incentive enough for Sheriff Jimmy Jones to launch an investigation the morning after the incident. By the end of the day, he determined that Phillips, a 22-year veteran, had to be removed from the force:

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 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.

He also noted that the department is taking steps to make sure similar incidents don't occur.

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.

The two other officers photographed, Brandon Gilliam and Ronald Chaperon, were put on paid leave.

Law enforcement officials, who arrived at the party with dogs and apparently shotguns, said that students were throwing beer bottles at them. There are no reports that Dotson paticipated in the bottle throwing.

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  1. I’m sure the guy has been deluged with job offers from departments that encourage this kind of behavior, competing with each other over salary. Probably the best thing to happen to his career.

    1. It’s a sad commentary that my thought upon watching the footage was that this is a pretty mild incident for a cop to actually get fired over, given that they typically do much worse with little penalty.

      1. Long time back I overheard some drunk cops talking about perks of the job, and apparently they really get off on choking people. They got all excited when they talked about it, like it was one of their favorite things to do.

        1. I am not at all surprised at that.

          1. Probably need to change their underwear after they cum.

  2. This is an outrage! Why was he not promoted?

    1. He made it home to his family! And that is what truly matters, right?


  3. Can I haz this Sheriff? I would like to make sure our local cops wear cameras and get fired and referred for prosecution if they do this.

    1. As a bonus ‘Jimmy Jones’ is a really cool name.

    2. Bonus: The investigation took less than 1 day.

  4. I like how the other 2 cops don’t even flinch. That says all you need to know about police culture.

    1. The day I see a video where one of those dudes grabs the choker and yells “WTF are you doing?” will be the day I cops will begin to regain my trust.

      I’m not holding my breath.

      1. Don’t worry. The cops will hold it for you.


    2. Yeah, this was going to be my point as well. They don’t so much as raise an eyebrow. S.O.P. So-the-fuck-what? This is why cops hate cameras. They’ll claim this was ‘out of context’.

  5. We should probably consider this a positive story (as related to all the others we see) considering the prompt and appropriate response by the sheriff (although arresting the offending officer for assault would be nice). I wonder how many other people this pig choked out (or worse) in 22 years.

    1. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit! Get on your knees scumbag!

      [Pyle drops down to his knees]

      Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Now choke yourself.

      [Pyle wraps his own hands around his throat]

      Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Goddamn it, with MY hand, numb-nuts!

      [Pyle reaches for Hartman’s hand]

      Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Don’t pull my fucking hand over there! I said choke yourself; now lean forward and choke yourself!

    2. Well, the Sheriff’s name is bill boarded on the van in the background. That probably influenced his decision making a bit.

  6. OT: The smoking gun appears: Benghazi Emails Show White House Effort to Protect Obama

    Emails sent by senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes to other top administration officials reveal an effort to insulate President Barack Obama from the attacks that killed four Americans.

    Rhodes sent this email to top White House officials such as David Plouffe and Jay Carney just a day before National Security Adviser Susan Rice made her infamous Sunday news show appearances to discuss the attack.

    The “goal,” according to these emails, was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or[sic] policy.”

    1. Will you glibertarians get over this NONTROVERSY already?!


    2. The media would be demanding a firing squad if this were happening under Bush.

    3. Faux scandal! Christfag! Bushpig!!

    4. Fake scandal. Nothing to it.


    5. But GUYYYYYS, somewhere there’s a racist that needs to be shamed out of a job!!!


    6. While I can already hear the future echoes of the progtarded masses pointing out that this actually proves nothing other than an effort to ensure consistency with the (as yet politically un-perfected) ‘talking points.’… the thing most notable about this is the emphasis on the ‘internet video’.

      The CIA version of the facts on the Friday prior to the Sunday talk show appearances didn’t mention any ‘internet video’ because no one considered it to have any relationship to the events.

      That’s not quite emphasized in the note here.

      The point is = CIA provided a list of ‘facts’ on Friday to the Admin. On Sat, these facts were strongly revised by Mike Morrell and State dept. At that point, Petraeus said he would no longer vouch for the new version. *(“his comment was – paraphrased – “If that’s what you’re going to go with, I think it would be better to say nothing at all”); later that day, someone (here identified as a white house flak) decided that “a video” had something to do with it.

      The video was not ever cited by CIA.

      They suggested that there was a possible connection following from the embassy assault in Cairo – not that ‘the video’ was the source of any angst


      The ‘video’ (as motivation for attacks) was completely the invention of the WH

  7. No police union?

    PS commenting is broken again. No money for Reason from me until it’s permanently and completely fixed.

    1. Yeah. My first thought was “He’s fired until the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (or whatever the local equivalent is) gets into the act.”

      Then, its re-instatement with retro pay and compensation for the stress of unfair job loss.

    2. Permanently? The only way to tell if it is permanently fixed is if it hasn’t broken again by the end of the universe.

  8. Amazing what a difference having an elected sheriff who is responsible to the voters makes.

      1. You are only as good as your voters.

        Beyond that, has one of his deputies ever been caught doing something like this or shooting someone who disrespected them?

        I don’t know but I can’t remember it if one has. The bitch against him is that he enforces the immigration laws. Is it also that his deputies shoot and pillage like so many other cops?

        1. I think there’s a video of Arpaio’s mafia-rejects driving a dog into a burning building they’d accidentally set on fire. That was also the incident where they forgot to set the handbrake on their APC, and it rolled, unmanned, down a hill until it crashed into a parked car.


          1. Of course not. Maybe I am just getting jaded but compared to what we read on here on a daily basis, that is just good police work.

          2. Fuck! Thanks for ruining my day.

          3. There was also the Steven Seagal shit.

        2. The bitch against him is that he enforces the immigration laws.

          No, it’s the abusive way he runs his jail and treats prisoners, many of whom have not even been convicted of a crime and are just awaiting trial.

          1. That and the fact that (at least) one of his deputies steals from defense attorneys. While in court. While the judge watches the dude. While on camera.

            And gets away with it.

        3. Beyond that, has one of his deputies ever been caught doing something like this or shooting someone who disrespected them?

          One of his deputies was caught on video surreptitiously going through the defense attorney’s files in the courtroom, while the attorney and her client were addressing the judge.

          There was the ‘handcuffed to the bed while giving birth’ incident.

          Arpaio himself thought it would be neato-torpedo to encircle phoenix and search every car entering for drugs.

          1. I’ve driven through Phoenix/Maricopa County once on my way to Tucson from Vegas. It was rush hour on a Friday. There were Sheriff’s cruisers everywhere, pulling over tons of people for no discernible reason (most of them looked Mexican, of course). Thankfully I didn’t get pulled over seeing as I was high on a few Vicodin and Rockstars and had been driving for 8 hours.

            1. Yapavai county is another place I don’t care ever to drive through. A plurality of residents are apparently savages there.


                1. Senator Warren ?

    1. Amazing what a difference having an elected sheriff who is responsible to the voters makes.

      I am willing to bet it has more to do with the fact that he’s a white college kid and not a black kid in a sports car.

  9. It is my opinion that “resisting arrest” should be removed as a charge.

    I’d like to see a study done on the number of charges leveled for resisting arrest over the last, let’s be conservative and say 25 years.

    I’ll bet you that a HUGE number of routine arrests now have a ‘resisting’ charge tacked onto them.

    1. (slaps Paul with a disorderly conduct charge, then adds public indecency for good measure)

      1. I’m indecent? This COURT is indecent!

        1. I have to admit that your mom is pretty indecent too.

          1. I told her what you liked.

      2. Leniency for the local boy, I see.

      3. Don’t forget intent to distribute.

        1. (charges Hugh with child molestation)

    2. I like the ones where the ONLY charge is resisting. WTF. What were you arresting them for when they resisted?

      1. No shit. He resisted my random, free-ranging aggression!

      2. Unlawful practice of civil liberties?

        1. Probably this. “ow dare you push my hand away when I grab you, boy!”

        2. This isn’t the 60s. You can’t protest like that any more.

      3. “STOP RESISTING!!”

    3. I prefer the newest add-on “Resisting Arrest Without Violence” charge. I think it’s usually issued if the guy says “come on, give me a break” pre-cuffing.

      Here’s a story from 206 that is even more relevant today: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/…..e-c/nD9pd/

      It’s basically a pretext to fuck with people and throw them in jail.

      1. FTA: Orlando Police Chief Mike McCoy says the charge is necessary to protect officers and prevent onlookers from interfering in investigations.
        McCoy says, “The street’s not the place to dispute it, the courts are.”
        A judge threw out both charges against Marie. And a jury found Lilliam not-guilty. But both spent time in jail along with money on an attorney, to restore their faith in the justice system.
        Marie said, “They cannot just generalize good people with bad people. They need to stop the way they’re treating people because you’re supposedly innocent until proven guilty.”
        Experts say that if you’re involved in a situation with an officer don’t argue, pull away or even question why. That can give them cause to add the resisting without violence charge.

        Fucking Florida.

        1. And a jury found Lilliam not-guilty. But both spent time in jail along with money on an attorney, to restore their faith in the justice system.

          This would not have “restored” my “faith” in the justice system.

  10. Tennessee? Choking?


    1. Tennessee Choking would make a half decent name for an alt country band.

      1. Tennessee Choking would be an appropriate name for a basketball team.


    2. Have Cherlene’s tits been getting progressively bigger and bigger on the show or is it just me?

      1. I only wish that Judy Greer was actually that hot.

        1. Judy Greer is plenty hot, douchewad.

          1. Did I say that she wasn’t hot, Booji Boy? No, I didn’t. I also wish your mom was hotter.

            1. But did you bring the papers that the Chinaman gave you?

  11. Tulpa haz a sadz.

    1. I haven’t seen him in a long time. Did the owners of the Tulpa Franchize put it up for sale? Did he run off with Morgan Fairchild and join a small town police force?

      1. He cowardly slinks into to late night and weekend threads to whine, but everyone knows about his sockpuppeting now and he gets beat down.

        How egotistical do you have to be to force yourself on a group of people that have repeatedly rejected you?

        1. My wife tells me every day, pretty damned egotistical. But I know I am fabulous so I don’t care.

        2. How egotistical do you have to be to force yourself on a group of people that have repeatedly rejected you?

          If you’re going to attack Episiarch’s methods of picking up chicks, at least call him out by name.

          1. Look, my system works 1% of the time! That’s a lot!

          2. To be clear, I don’t want Tulpa to go away. He if goes away people will forget and start to say he wasn’t all that bad and hey, whatever happened to that Tulpa fellow.

            I like him sticking around, gaping his blown-out brown eye for all to see, capering like the court fool he is. He’s a joke I never want to stop laughing at.

            1. I’m pretty sure he’s just delusional, stupid, and stubborn enough to give you what you want.

            2. I honestly am indifferent to whether Tulpa goes or stays.

              He is a worthless waste of space. I have him filtered on reasonable and generally don’t even bother reading the comments ‘rebutting’ him.

              Nobody asks what happened to Dave W, Jean Bart, or Dan T, or any of the other trolls/idiots that have shambled off from the stage that was Hit and Run, because we honestly don’t care.

              And if Tulpa would stop posting here, I have no doubt he would join their unmissed ranks in oblivion.

              1. I miss dunphy. I really do. He could get my blood boiling worse than anybody and I thoroughly enjoyed him expressing the mindset of cops across the country. It was eye-opening.

                1. Except he probably wasn’t a real cop.

                  He claimed to be a cop in Martha’s Vineyard, but was clueless about the reputation of Boston cops.

                  He told lots of stories that were inconsistent. His claim that pharmacists would just hand over patient records if he sauntered over and asked for them was comically implausible.

                  1. I thought he was a Seattle-area cop?

            3. I’m pretty positive Bo is tulpa.

              He’s more or less admitted it on two occasions.

              I also suspect he’s got one or two other incarnations in ‘development phase’.

      2. Didn’t he show up on a long-dead thread a few days ago to defend some sort of authority or other? Tulpa is, at heart, a coward, so it’s not surprising.

        1. Yes. To defend the honor of some poor police officer who bravely beat the holy fuck out of an elderly man that called for an ambulance for his wife.

          It was also very obvious he was behind a sockpuppet this weekend thread.

          Tulpa is a stale piece of fuckcrust.

          1. Isn’t “fuckcrust” by definition stale? Otherwise, it would be “fuckgoo”.

            And now you know…

            1. He’s the enlarged prostate of H&R.

            2. Well, you the chef, so I shall defer.

  12. Too bad this isn’t about an animal control officer fired for choking the chicken, lol


  13. Anybody else watching this UCL “match”?


    1. I don’t know what any of those letters stand for. I assume it’s ultimate something something?

  14. OK, if I were to handcuff a cop, choke him into unconsciousness and whack him on the back of his head while he’s down, I doubt my only punishment would be getting fired. This was assault and aggravated battery as well as violation of his oath and official misconduct. I’m thinking at least 5 to 10, parole possible after 3. I’ll bet he keeps his pension and medical.

    1. They’d throw the book at you, and don’t be surprised if they charged you with attempted murder. I had a discussion about this then other day, and this further goes to show why protective services are best provided by the market. These so called cops would be held accountable for their actions.

      Those cops would think twice once folks started defending themselves agains such violence.

      1. I had a discussion about this then other day, and this further goes to show why protective services are best provided by the market.

        You had a “discussion” in which you refused to address the points raised and instead talked around them.

        These so called cops would be held accountable for their actions.

        Statement lacking supporting evidence. As has been shown by PMCs and private prisons, oversight and accountability is frequently even worse.

        And of course we’re back to the question I raised before that you never answered, why would (or should) I respect the enforcement authority of an agent paid for by my enemies? Also, like I said before, we’ve had this in America in the past. It was a notable part of some very bloody range and water wars. One side had their lawmen, the other side had their’s. All dutifully deputized and quite legal.

        1. I answered your question. I also responded to your faulty “evidence” about the east India corporation which was by no means private. So no one was talking around anything. Provided was information about private defense, and also gave you a reference of which you’ve never even bothered to read.

          As to your “enemies”. If they are trying to violate your liberty for no reason, then why in the hell would you listen to them or submit to such fake authority? It would be in your interest to repel the aggressors. Yet, you have no problem with the police state forcing individuals to obey them despite their blatant disregard for natural law. Instead they follow law made up by politicians and are shielded from facing consequences for their aggression against others.

          If you engaged in a contract based upon a mutual agreement, and decide to be a dick and violate those terms, then you deserve what is coming to you for attempting to rob the other party and deprive them of their liberty. It would be in your best interest to not engage in such acts as no one would want to do business with you. Are those your intentions, as you keep bringing up enemies. In the agreement, you could both agree to another party arbitrating a disagreement or what have you. Like they do with domain names and so on. Disputes get handled independently.

          1. You are trying to dismiss the fact that governments are far more violent than would be free individuals. Governments along with standing armies are detrimental to liberty, and you have to wait years to repel aggression and violations of natural law with the hopes of it not happening again. The history of government is horrid, while liberty has done more to lift individuals out of poverty and better their lives. Only free individuals are able to protect and defend their rights. Governess only take them away, sometimes gradually, and sometimes immediately.

  15. It takes a brave man to go up to a handcuffed guy, squeeze his jugulars until he passes out, and then slap him in the back of the head after he passes out. He should be in jail on aggravated assault charges and the pigs who failed to stop him should be in the cell next to him.

    1. I see no flaw in this reasoning. I await his arrest and trial.

      1. Hopefully, you won’t hold your breath while waiting…you’ll end up bluer than the victim or the cop’s uniform.

  16. This cop is right up there with Michael “Shake” Reichert.


  17. This is the kind of POS cop I like to hear about on the news getting clipped in the line of duty!


  18. Meanwhile, the “good” cops did nothing.

  19. What is the current ruling on “paddy wagon?” Racist or not?

    1. You can’t be racist against whites.


      1. I’ve actually read this from an African-American.

  20. “Gonna choke you out and make you do the chicken!” — Roscoe Rules, “The Choirboys”

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