Nearly a year ago, three police officers ganged up on and beat up a homeless man, leaving him with broken ribs and a punctured lung.
The officers beat and kicked Michael Allen Mallicoat on February 9, 2013, before slamming him onto the hood of the car and handcuffing him.
Mallicoat has now been awarded a $200,000 out-of-court settlement. Mallicoat will relinquish all claims against the city and the Police Department.
Interestingly, while it was residents who had called in the first place to complain of the homeless man’s drunken behavior, it was also residents who reported the display of police brutality.
The initial call complained that Mallicoat was yelling obscenities at people on Grainger Ave.
An internal investigation ensued, which led to a slew of resignations and reprimands. All three officers directly involved in the beating – Christopher Whitfield, Ty Compton, and Jeremy Jinnett – resigned from office. Four other officers were suspended, and three Knoxville Police Department supervisors received official reprimands.
When the case went to court, Whitfield, Compton and Jinnett all pleaded guilty to felony charges of official misconduct. All three were sentenced to probation.
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