Until he fell UNCONSCIOUS,
A Knoxville photographer has captured a police officer on camera using what looks like excessive and unnecessary force on a college student.
The sequence of photographs show the young man complying with Knox County deputies as they lead him to a police van at the University of Tennessee, before an officer uses two hands to choke the student until he is unconscious.
The young man was arrested during a wild college party celebrating after a week of finals that spilled out onto the street on Saturday night.
Wild party: College students celebrating the end of finals spilled out onto the street Saturday night and police were called to clear the area
Unresisting: The student does not appear to resist as police remove one set of handcuffs to replace them with another
Threatening: An officer much larger than the student, who still has his hands behind his back, approaches and lays his hands on the young man’s neck
Use of force: The officer begins to choke the man or activate some kind of pressure point to render him unconscious
Police were called to clear the area at the intersection of 21st and Laurel Streets in Fort Sanders, an area with a high concentration of college students.
According to photographer John Messner, some college students began to throw beer bottles at police, who called for backup from the Knox County Sheriff’s office.
The student was arrested and handcuffed, then walked a block to a waiting police van at the University of Tennessee.
He went willingly and did not resist arrest, said Messner.
When they got to the police van, the arresting deputy’s handcuffs were removed from the student’s wrists and replaced with cuffs from the vehicle.
Three to one: The young man did not resist arrest, according to the photographer who shot the images
College party: As he’s handcuffed, the student’s knees begin to buckle as he loses consciousness
Distressing: The officer’s hands are still on the student’s neck even as he passes out
During the brief moment his wrists were uncuffed, the young man let his arms fall by his sides.
As two officers twist his arms behind his back, another deputy walks in front of the young man and wraps his hands around his neck.
The disturbing sequence of shots show the student losing consciousness, his knees buckling as he sinks to the ground, while the deputy continues to choke him or activate a pressure point that renders him unconscious.
The officers behind the young man fiddle with his handcuffs even as he’s being choked.
When the student was unconscious, the police picked him up and the officer who choked him slapped him around the head a few times before walking off, reports the Messner.
Incapacitated: The young man sinks to the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back
All three officers are Knox County deputies assisting the Knoxville Police Department.
A call placed to the department seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.
In 2011, Knoxville County officers stopped a carload of teenagers and forced them to run in circles around a bat he kept in the trunk of the car.
Sherriff Jimmy ‘JJ’ Jones demoted the five officers involved in the incident.
Jones’ action in disciplining the officers was well-received by the community. He’s now up for re-election, with early voting already taking place.