Rockwood officer named in $1.2M pepper-spray lawsuit resigns post

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By Hayes Hickman of the Knoxville News Sentinel

“A former Rockwood police officer at the center of a $1.2 million federal lawsuit for pepper-spraying a 20-year-old college student submitted his resignation a day after the lawsuit was filed, according to records.

Officer Chris Kennedy claimed he was charged by Xavier Howard while responding to a report of a domestic argument between Howard and his girlfriend at an apartment complex shortly after midnight July 5, 2015.

The officer’s body camera video — obtained through a public records request by the News Sentinel — shows no such attack.”

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