City of Knoxville settles lawsuit with man beaten by police

A Knoxville man beaten by police last year has reached a settlement with the city.

Michael Allen Mallicoat settled a lawsuit against the city out of court for $200,000 dollars. In exchange, Mallicoat will drop all claims against the city, the Knoxville Police Department, and the three former officers who beat him last February.

KPD released several dashcam videos that show the incident on Grainger Avenue. Mallicoat, who was homeless, resisted arrested by a couple of female officers and hurt one of them in the process.

Several other officers showed up to help, and three of them repeatedly bashed Mallicoat's head on the hood of a car. After the officers handcuffed Mallicoat's hands and feet, they continued to punch and kick him while he was on the ground.

The three former police officers involved each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and a felony charge of official oppression. As part of the plea, federal officials agreed not to prosecute Officers Chris Whitfield, Jeremy Jinnett and Ty Compton, but all three can never serve in law enforcement again.


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