Knox County Sheriff's Office fires officer, two more on administrative leave for using excessive force | UPDATE


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Two more officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Brandon Gilliam, 33, and Ronald Chaperon, Jr., 34, are on leave with pay pending further investigation.

These officers were seen in the photographs handcuffing a U.T. student at a massive party on Saturday night.

Gilliam has been with KCSO since 2012 and Chaperon since 2006.



Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones says he's fired an officer who was photographed allegedly choking a man while busting a party near the University of Tennessee Saturday night.

According to a release, the sheriff's office says Officer Frank Phillips, 47, has been with KCSO since 1992.

“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.”

Jarod Dotson, 21, 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.


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