TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 9, 2019
A fired Knoxville Police Department officer faces a federal civil rights lawsuit over his arrest of a man caught huffing in the bushes behind a store, Knoxnews reports. Brent Edward Cox says former KPD officer Geraldo Orta shocked him with an electric stun gun and stomped on his neck in May 2018. He filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this spring accusing Orta of excessive force and of violating Cox's constitutional rights. Orta wore a badge for less than a year before Police Chief Eve Thomas fired him for lying about whether he answered a burglary alarm at a West Knoxville bicycle store. Investigators at the time of the incident determined he used excessive force but couldn't verify whether he stomped on Cox.