Knoxville resident accuses police of using unnecessary force to

Knoxville resident accuses police of using unnecessary force to make arrest

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Michael Mallicoat (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Michael Mallicoat (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An investigation is underway to look at conduct by Knoxville police officers during an arrest Saturday.

A complaint was filed by a resident who said unnecessary force was used to apprehend Michael Mallicoat, 30.

Police were called Saturday around noon to an address on Grainger Avenue. When Officers Haley Starr and Cynthia Demarcus arrived they found Mallicoat disoriented and yelling while taking his clothes off in the middle of the street.

Mallicoat allegedly attacked Officer Starr. The officers struggled to handcuff him, and even after he was handcuffed he continued to be combative.

Mallicoat was eventually tied at his feet as well and was transported to Physician's Regional Hospital.

At the hospital, Mallicoat allegedly continued to cause problems and additional restraints were needed while medical personnel attended to him.

Officer Starr was also taken to the hospital where she was treated and later released.

Mallicoat remains under care at the hospital.

The Knoxville Police Department's internal affairs department is reviewing the incident.

Mallicoat faces charges of disorderly conduct, resisting a stop halt order and public intoxication.

He also faces a warrant for violation of probation warrant.

Mallicoat has been charged several times before on a variety of traffic and drug charges, as well as fabricating evidence, burglary, and theft.

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