KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The attorney for the man seen in surveillance video allegedly being beaten by employees at the Knox County Detention Center says the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the case.
One officer was fired, one resigned and two were disciplined after the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s own investigation.
Video of the November 28, 2014 incident shows Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies in an altercation with an inmate, Louis Flack, 52, who was charged with aggravated assault.
An investigation by the KCSO Office of Professional Standards revealed Corrections Officer Nick Breeden, 36, used techniques that violated jail policy and use-of-force options taught by KCSO. He was terminated Friday by the sheriff’s office. He had been an employee since 2011.
Officer Jesse Rudd, 27, resigned during the investigation. He had been with KCSO since 2012.
Investigators say Corrections Officer Chris Fustos, 29, also violated the use-of-force policy. He was placed on administrative leave without pay for two days.
Corporal David Sparkes, 47, the supervisor on duty, was found to not have reacted appropriately to the violations. He was given administrative leave without pay for five days.
Flack’s attorney Lance Baker says he was notified by the sheriff’s office last week that the FBI had requested KCSO’s file on the incident and that the FBI was pursuing its own investigation.
The FBI issued this statement:
The FBI has jurisdiction to investigate potential civil rights violations, which includes excessive force claims. After we complete our investigation, the case is forwarded to the DOJ Civil Rights Division in D.C., where DOJ will determine if probable cause exists to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges. Typical investigations are completed within a few weeks. The amount of time it will take DOJ to make a decision is hard to say, as it depends on each investigation and current volume of cases they are reviewing at any given time.
Flack is out of jail on bond.