2 more Knox County deputies placed on leave after Ft. Sanders pa

2 more Knox County deputies placed on leave after Ft. Sanders party

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Ronald Chaperon, Jr. (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Ronald Chaperon, Jr. (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Brandon Gilliam (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Brandon Gilliam (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies were placed on administrative leave with pay Sunday night after Saturday night's block party in Fort Sanders that resulted in the firing of another officer.

Brandon Gilliam, 33, and Ronald Chaperon, Jr., 34, were placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards. The sheriff's office says the two were seen in a photo handcuffing a man after an arrest.

Previous story: Sheriff's office fires deputy in Ft. Sanders party incident

Frank Phillips, 47, was dismissed from the office Sunday. He had been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since 1992.

Officers say about 800 people were at the party near the intersection of 23rd Street and Laurel Avenue. They say UT Police called the Sheriff for back up around 11:30 Saturday night. About 60 Knoxville Police, UT Police and Sheriff's Deputies were there, and about 15 people were arrested.

Pictures released by the Daily Mail appear to show two officers detaining a man while another officer chokes him. The sequence of images appears to show the man falling to the ground after being choked.

Jarod Dotson, 21, who is seen in custody in the pictures, was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.  He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.

Dotson's arrest report, written by Officer Gilliam, said that Dotson had an odor of an alcoholic beverage and was drinking from a cup that had a similar odor. Gilliam said after being told to repeated instructions to go inside.

Gilliam goes on to say that Dotson began to physically resist arrest, and that it took four officers to restrain him. While officers were exchanging handcuffs, Dotson began to resist again, according to the report, and that was when Phillips applied a pressure point to Dotson's ear area and gave verbal instructions to go to his knees. Dotson did so and the pressure was relieved.

Dotson was then taken into custody without further incident, according to the report.

Defining excessive force

6 News spoke with Knoxville attorney and former instructor for the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy Patrick Looper about what defines excessive force and what are the policies of local agencies.

“From the appearance of the photographs it would appear to be an excessive force situation,” said Looper.

According to the incident report obtained from KCSO, “Mr. Dotson began to resist again by pulling his hands away from officers. Officer Philips then applied a pressure point to Mr. Dotson's ear area and gave verbal instructions to go to his knees.”

Looper says that's not what it looks like.

“It doesn’t appear to me that the officer is using a pressure point and if he was using a pressure point, he wasn’t using it properly,” he said.

According to KCSO, pressure points are part of officers training. We also asked KPD about their protocols. They were not involved in the incident involved Dotson but we wanted to know what their guidelines are.

This is part of their policy on use of force: “empty hand control that includes empty hand escort controls, pressure points and come-a-longs that have a minimal chance of inflicting injury.

But both agencies say chokeholds are not allowed or taught as proper protocol.

“Pressure points are a typical part of training. We taught our officers when I trained at the academy never to apply any pressure to the front of the neck for reasons obvious, it’s a choking hazard, you don’t choke people in less than lethal force situations,” explained Looper.

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