Thursday, January 23, 2014

City of Knoxville to pay homeless mentally ill man $200,000 in police beating

I learned of this incident as it all unfolded ... by a friend on Facebook.  It happened in front of her house and as her teenage son videotaped it on his cell phone.  

This concerned mother notified our Chief of Police, David Rausch, who - because of this outside tip made by a concerned citizen - did a full investigation, that eventually led to firing the officers.  

Kudos to the mother and her son for standing up for a mentally ill, homeless man and kudos to Police Chief David Rausch for his ethical actions in stopping a cover up.

Details here in the Knoxville News Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1dw6Eks
Police Chief Praised for Halting Beating Cover Up
Background story referring to Mr. Mallicoat's history of mental illness: KPD Disciplines 7 in Beating Probe


Michael Mallicoat lies on the ground after being beaten by Knoxville Police Department officers on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.  (COURTESY KNOXVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT)
Michael Mallicoat lies on the ground after being beaten by Knoxville Police Department officers on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (COURTESY KNOXVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT)

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