Lawsuit accuses Knoxville police of choking handcuffed man


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee couple is suing the city of Knoxville and three of its police officers, who were seen on dashcam video putting the man in a chokehold.

John and Kelli Gorghis say the officers violated the rights of John Gorghis last June. The officers said he resisted arrest after slamming an officer’s hand in his door.

Dashcam video obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel shows him sitting handcuffed in a police car for about 20 minutes before they pulled him out and slammed him to the ground.

One officer was seen putting his arm around Gorghis’ neck as another held his nose. A police spokesperson declined to comment.

Knoxville Police announced last week it would remove the neck chokehold from approved responses in its Use of Force policy.

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