Court date set for UT student arrested during party bust

(WBIR) The attorney for a student, arrested during a massive party near the University of Tennessee, appeared in court on behalf of her client Tuesday.

Jarod Dotson, 21, received international attention after photos published by The Daily Mail showed a deputy's hands around his neck. Dotson was one of fifteen people arrested during that party in the Fort Sanders area on Saturday, April 26. He was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Dotson's attorney Tasha Blakney, who is also representing a handful of people arrested during the party, had her client's appearance waived Tuesday. His preliminary hearing is now set for June 18. Blakney said Dotson is facing criminal charges and is taking his situation "very seriously."

MORE: One deputy fired, two on leave after UT party bust

The Knox County Sheriff's Office fired Officer Frank Phillips, 47, immediately after an investigation revealed he used "excessive force" during the incident. Phillips had been with the sheriff's office since 1992 and was named "Officer of the Month" twice. The two other deputies seen in the pictures, Ronald Chaperon Jr. and Brandon Gilliam, were also placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

UT police first responded to the massive party but then called the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Department for assistance. Officials estimated about 800 people were at the party.

Party witnesses told authorities that people were initially on the lawn but spilled into the streets. Knoxville police said when the crowd became unruly, including some people throwing beer bottles, 60 officials responded to clear the streets.


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