Last month, Opposing Views told you about the Tennessee cop who strangled a college student while breaking up a party at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Images of the disturbing act surfaced online, and now, the latest reports say that the officer is being granted an early retirement.
47-year-old Frank Phillips was caught on camera choking out 21-year-old Jared Dotson during a college party while the student calmly allowed police to detain him. Following the incident, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones fired Phillips for using excessive force.
"In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated,” said Jones. “After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident. Therefore, Officer Phillips' employment with the Knox County Sheriff's Office is terminated immediately.”
Now, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Phillips is being allowed to take an early retirement. He had originally planned to appeal the department’s decision to let him go, but now that he’s being granted early retirement, he has dropped the case.
Internet users are outraged that Phillips is being allowed to retire early rather than the department upholding his termination.
“Dotson needs to get a high-powered lawyer and sue the crap out of both the Knox County Sheriff's Office and ex-Deputy Phillips personally,” wrote one commenter. “This is a good example of a thug with a badge.”
“Just look at the picture of the cop above. Looks like the typical jerk cop,” pointed out another commenter. “Smug look on his face because of his bloated self worth he gets from pushing people around. He should be arrested but they protect their own.”
Even thought Phillips choked the cooperative student until he was unconscious, his lawyer, to this day, says that he denies any wrongdoing.