KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Newly obtained video shows more detail of the beating of a Knox County inmate that resulted in a lawsuit and cost two jailers their jobs.
The video and audio show inmate Louis Flack, 52, being subdued at the Knox County Detention Facility on November 28, 2014.
“If they’re doing that type of behavior on the video, what are they doing when the cameras aren’t rolling?” asked Flack’s attorney Lance Baker.
He also just received the recording, taken from a correction officer’s handheld recorder.
“What’s telling is Mr. Flack, for the most part, was defenseless. He was face down. He’s hogtied on a concrete floor and is being assaulted over and over again, almost wallowing in his own blood.”
Baker says Flack suffers from mental illness and the detention officers knew it. It’s why he says Flack is wearing a lime green jumpsuit. Baker now worries about others with mental illness who are arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
“The one question you have to ask after viewing this video is how can you not fear for their safety inside that detention facility?” he said.
This “use of force” incident led to an internal affairs invesitgation and the firing, resignation and suspension of the officers involved.
One officer resigned during the investigation while two others were placed on administrative leave without pay.
Officer Nicholas Breeden was later fired following an investigation. His trial is scheduled to begin in April.
A lawsuit has also been filed against the sheriff’s office and the detention officers involved.