Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
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Officers to Return to Work on Friday
This is a statement from Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones:
After an extensive investigation of statements and photo evidence, I have determined that Officers Ronald Chaperon and Brandon Gilliam were neither responsible nor complicit in the incident involving Officer Frank Phillips. Indisputable photographic evidence shows both officers positioned behind Jared Dotson. Officer Chaperon never takes his eyes off Dotson’s hands during the entire incident. Officer Gilliam was positioned behind and to the left of Dotson and only glances in Officer Phillips’ direction. From his position, it would have been impossible for him to have seen Officer Phillips’ left hand placed on Mr. Dotson’s neck. As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in this incident it was the deciding factor in determining the sequence of events.
Therefore, Officers Chaperon and Gilliam have been reinstated and will return to their respective positions effective Friday, May 16th.
All of the Office of Professional Standards files pertaining to the case were turned over to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office earlier this week.