A Tennessee photographer has captured the frightening moment a police officer used what looks like excessive and unnecessary force on a college student.
The sequence of photographs show the young man, Jarod Dotson, 22, from Knoxville, complying with Knox County deputies as they lead him to a police van at the University of Tennessee, before an officer uses two hands to choke the student until he is unconscious.
Dotson was arrested, along with a number of friends, during a wild college party celebrating after a week of finals that spilled out onto the street on Saturday night.
Use of force: The officer begins to choke the student, Jarod Dotson, center, or activate some kind of pressure point to render him unconscious
Wild party: College students celebrating the end of finals spilled out onto the street Saturday night and police were called to clear the area
Unresisting: The student does not appear to resist as police remove one set of handcuffs to replace them with another
Threatening: An officer much larger than the student, who still has his hands behind his back, approaches and lays his hands on the young man’s neck
Police were called to clear the area at the intersection of 21st and Laurel Streets in Fort Sanders, an area with a high concentration of college students.
According to photographer John Messner, some college students began to throw beer bottles at police, who called for backup from the Knox County Sheriff’s office.
Dotson was arrested and handcuffed, then walked a block to a waiting police van at the University of Tennessee.
He went willingly and did not resist arrest, said Messner.
When they got to the police van, the arresting deputy’s handcuffs were removed from the young man’s wrists and replaced with cuffs from the vehicle.