KPD investigates three officers over excessive force claim

KPD investigates three officers over excessive force claim

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Jeremy Jinnett (Source: KPD) Jeremy Jinnett (Source: KPD)
Ty Compton (Source: KPD) Ty Compton (Source: KPD)
Chris Whitfield (Source: KPD) Chris Whitfield (Source: KPD)
Michael Mallicoat (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Michael Mallicoat (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police are investigating three officers because of allegations they used excessive force during an arrest.

Three officers - Jeremy Jinnett, Ty Compton, and Chris Whitfield - have been placed in administrative positions during the investigation into an arrest that took place last month.

In that incident, two female officers arrested Michael Mallicoat, 30, after he was reported to be disoriented and yelling while taking his clothes off in the middle of the street.

After handcuffing him, the officers said Mallicoat continued to fight back and they called for back-up.

According to the warrant, when officers asked him to have a seat, Michael Mallicoat refused. He also pulled away repeatedly when officers attempted to place him in handcuffs.

He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication.

On February 28, he pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 days behind bars. After the February 9 incident, police told 6 News one female officer was attacked by Mallicoat. Mallicoat was not charged with assault.

Several neighbors told 6 News once Mallicoat was on the ground and cuffed, police kicked him multiple times and threw him against the hood of a police cruiser.

Mallicoat now has an attorney. His attorney says Mallicoat was hospitalized after the incident from what appears to be injuries sustained from the arrest.

After the arrest, a resident filed a complaint saying unnecessary force was used.

On Tuesday, Knoxville police said that Chief David Rausch had personally reviewed video of the officers' actions and that both a criminal and internal affairs investigation were launched as a result.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Mallicoat's attorney says no law suit has been filed because he is also still investigating the incident.

Mallicoat does have a police record. He is expected in court on March 8 for violating probation.

In February he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and violating his probation.

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