Photos show deputy choking handcuffed student until he passes out

deputy Frank Phillips chokes out handcuffed student

Deputy Frank Phillips chokes out handcuffed student

UPDATE: Frank Phillips, the Tennessee deputy shown in these disturbing photos, has been fired.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones said in a statement the deputy used excessive force and was terminated:

“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.”

A Knoxville photographer has captured a police officer on camera using what looks like excessive and unnecessary force on a college student.

The sequence of photographs show the young man 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.

The young man was arrested during a wild college party celebrating after a week of finals that spilled out onto the street on Saturday night.

  • Deputies were called to a University of Tennessee student party that spilled out onto a residential street
  • Students threw beer bottles at officers and several people were arrested
  • A photographer on the scene took a series of photos of a deputy choking a student into unconsciousness
  • The student did not resist arrest, says the photographer
  • He was complying with officers when the officer began to choke him
  • Two other officers were behind the student, handcuffing him
  • Knox County Sheriff’s Department has not issued a statement on the incident


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