Three Knoxville officers being investigated in alleged beating of suspect
By Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville 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.