Deputy who choked TN student opts for early retirement instead of fighting termination
A Tennessee deputy who lost his job after published photos showed him choking a college student during an arrest decided to take early retirement.
Sheriff Jimmy Jones fired the 47-year-old Phillips on April 27, just hours after photos taken by a freelance photographer showed the veteran law enforcement officer placing a University of Tennessee student in a choke hold.
The 21-year-old student, Jarod Dotson, fell to his knees and went unconscious after the deputy choked him during an arrest following a house party that drew about 800 people.
The sheriff said Phillips, a Knox county sheriff’s deputy since 1992, used excessive force.
The former deputy’s attorney said Phillips denied using excessive force and was looking for other work.