Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones tonight fired an officer who was photographed using excessive force on a man during an incident involving University of Tennessee students at a party Saturday night. Officer Frank Phillips, 47, has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since 1992.
Sheriff Jones statement:
“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.”
“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.”
Twenty-one year old Jarod Dotson, who is seen in custody in the pictures, was charged with public
intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.