Three former KPD officers plead guilty in beating

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Three former Knoxville Police Department officers pleaded guilty Monday to assault and felony oppression for beating a homeless man who was already handcuffed.

Ty Compton, Jeremy Jinnett and Chris Whitfield accepted a plea deal from the Knox County DA's office and will not be prosecuted. They resigned from KPD.

During a news conference Monday, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch played four videos that showed what took place on February 9.

The video shows the three former officers taking part in the beating.

Rausch pointed out as they slammed Michael Millicoat against a police car several times, punched him, kicked him and stood on him.

The three officers were called to assist other KPD officers in the arrest of Millicoat for disorderly conduct and evading arrest.

Rausch told the media that a concerned citizen emailed him about the "inappropriate behavior." That's when Chief Rausch said he launched an internal investigation.

Seven KPD officers who were also on scene that day have received internal discipline for failing to stop the beating, according to Rausch.


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