published Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

UT police: Size of street party demanded additional force

University of Tennessee student Jared Dotson, 23, is arrested outside a Fort Sanders house party Saturday night by Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies.
University of Tennessee student Jared Dotson, 23, is arrested outside a Fort Sanders house party Saturday night by Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies.
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

For the University of Tennessee Police Department, it was simple math — eight officers, 800 partygoers.

“That night (Saturday) we had probably a total of seven officers, eight with a supervisor,” UTPD spokesman Lt. Mike Richardson said.

The agency’s decision to summon help — first, from the Knoxville Police Department, and, later, from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office — in response to the massive block party thrown by UT students in Fort Sanders late Saturday has come under scrutiny in the wake of an alleged excessive force incident by a KCSO deputy.

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