Knoxville settles with victim in excessive force case

Knoxville settles with victim in excessive force case

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

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After month-long negotiations, the City of Knoxville entered a settlement agreement Wednesday with a homeless man whose arrest last year resulted in accusations of excessive force on the part of the Knoxville Police Department.

Cullen Wojcik, attorney for Michael Mallicoat, says his client is "happy the city took the case seriously and settled with a considerable amount of money." City officials say the case was settled for $200,000.

Three former officers took plea deals in court after the February 2013 incident which was captured on dashcam video.

In that incident, two female officers arrested Mallicoat 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.

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

KPD suspended officers Jeremy Jinnett, Ty Compton, and Chris Whitfield. All three later resigned and took one-year sentences in exchange for each pleading guilty to one misdemeanor assault charge and one felony charge of official oppression.

Mallicoat's attorney says his client still has some permanent physical injuries. He says the event also emotionally scarred Mallicoat and he is doing his best to move on with his life.

"Mallicoat is happy to have this behind him. He hopes the city and police department learns from this and they take what happened to him into account with future training, supervision, and discipline of officers," said Wojcik.

The city had no comment on the settlement.

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