KNOXVILLE — Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones announced Monday two deputies pictured in a series of photographs depicting another officer appearing to choke a University of Tennessee student have been placed on paid leave pending an internal investigation.
Jones said in a Facebook post that he ordered Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Brandon Gilliam and Ronald Chaperon Jr. suspended with pay pending a probe by the agency’s Office of Professional Standards into their role in the late Saturday incident in Fort Sanders.
Jones on Sunday night fired Deputy Frank Phillips, 47, after photographs emerged depicting Phillips with his hands around the neck of UT student Jared Dotson while Dotson was restrained with his hands behind his back. Dotson, 21, of Powell, slumped to the ground.
According to a Sheriff’s Office report filed by Gilliam, it took “four officers” to restrain Dotson.