KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knoxville Police officer who was knocked unconscious after he allegedly made a racist remark at a wedding reception has resigned. KPD was nearing the completion of its internal investigation into the incident when Officer Tanner Holt resigned on September 29.

Just before 9 p.m. on June 26, officers arrived at 400 W. Jackson Ave. to investigate a reported assault. Investigators say Holt was knocked unconscious after reportedly telling a Black man that he, “didn’t know they let Black people in the reception hall.”

Following this incident, the responding officers reported to their superiors that they believed Holt violated the KPD’s Code of Conduct policy. Chief Eve Thomas, then, requested the Internal Affairs Unit investigate the incident.

In his resignation letter, Holt said he was leaving after being offered a position with better benefits and a longer occupational expectancy.

Dear Chief Thomas,

I regret that I must formally resign my post from the Knoxville Police Department effective 9.29.2021. I have been offered a position with benefits that are much better, and with a longer occupational expectancy than I would have at the Knoxville Police Department. I have wrestled with this decision. In my new position, I will have more time to spend with my child and family. As a police officer for Knoxville, I have made long time friends and served the public well as a sworn officer.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve

Tanner Holt resignation letter dated Sept. 29. 2021

The internal investigative file will be closed in the next few days and then made available for public release. The case will also be reviewed by the Police Advisory & Review Committee at their October 28 meeting.

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