TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 3, 2018
A Knoxville Police Department officer received his third judicial rebuke last week, when the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals found that he illegally detained a black man, went fishing for cause to search him for drugs and when no cause was found, searched him anyway, Knoxnews reports. No disciplinary action has been taken against Officer Thomas Turner in connection with racial profiling allegations or the judges’ rulings, according to a KPD spokesperson. Turner is currently at the center of a lawsuit in which another man, also black, was stopped by Turner repeatedly over a 13-month period for minor violations such as loud music or dark windows, only to search him and summon a drug-sniffing dog.