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Knox deputy seeks reinstatement following alleged choking incident

May 2nd, 2014 12:05 pm by Associated Press

Knox deputy seeks reinstatement following alleged choking incident

University of Tennessee student Jared Dotson, 23, is arrested outside a Fort Sanders house party Saturday night by Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies. (JOHN MESSNER/SPECIAL TO THE NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Tennessee deputy who was fired after the publication of a photo that appears to show him choking a suspect wants his job back.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones terminated 47-year-old Frank Phillips on Sunday. Jones says he believes Phillips used "excessive force" Saturday night while arresting a college student.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that an attorney for Phillips sent a letter to Jones asking that he reconsider his decision. The letter denies that the deputy used excessive force during the arrest.

The newspaper reports that freelance photographer John Messner took photos of the arrest that first appeared on the website of the U.K. Daily Mail. The caption says the deputy, whose hands appear to be around the suspect's neck, rendered the student unconscious.

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