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Three Knoxville officers being investigated in alleged beating of suspect

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The scene of the arrest of Michael Allen Mallicoat by Knoxville Police Department officers in Knoxville. Photo by J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel The scene of the arrest of Michael Allen Mallicoat by Knoxville Police Department officers in Knoxville. Photo by J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) -- Three Knoxville police officers are under criminal investigation in the alleged beating of a handcuffed homeless man, officials confirmed Monday.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said both an Internal Affairs and criminal probe are under way in the Feb. 9 incident in North Knoxville. Three Knoxville Police Department officers — Ty Compton, Jeremy Jinnett and Chris Whitfield — are the target of those probes and have been taken off patrol and placed in the agency's teleserve unit, which takes police reports over the phone.

"I had a community complaint that came directly to me," Rausch said. "We immediately opened up an Internal Affairs investigation. Since looking at the incident (on in-cruiser camera video and audio), we have also opened up a criminal probe."

Knoxville attorney Cullen Wojcik confirmed Monday his client, Michael Allen Mallicoat, was hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in the incident. Documents obtained by the News Sentinel show Mallicoat, 30, suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs and a possible concussion.

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