Deputies regain police powers after "notoriously disgraceful conduct"

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three Knox Co. deputies have had their law enforcement powers revoked nearly 18 months after an incident which Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones described at the time as "notoriously disgraceful conduct."

Brian Rehg, Jeff Bryant, and Brad Cox were reassigned from Patrol to Corrections, according to the Sheriff's Office website. The new status will allow them to work side jobs and carry firearms again. They will also be able to apply for patrol positions again when they become available.

Jones said he believes the trio have paid their debt and deserved another opportunity. “They will be scrutinized more than any other officers and they understand they will not be given another chance,” he cautioned.

According to the website, Rehg stopped a car for speeding, reckless driving, and drag racing back in October 2011. He called for back up because there were passengers in the car and four other deputies showed up, including Bryant and Cox.

The officers produced a baseball bat and told the driver of the car, Terry Wayne Phillips II, that they would let him off if he put his forehead on it and ran circles until he was dizzy. Then, they made run around one of their cars, touch each corner.

Phillips was written a ticket for speeding, but it was dismissed at the request of the Sheriff's Dept.

The two other offending deputies, Alex Slate and Jason Acuff, have resigned and placed on medical leave, respectively.

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