Knox officer disciplined in bat episode decides to resign

A deputy demoted last year to corrections officer after he and four others mistreated a traffic offender has resigned from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Harold Alexander Slate submitted his handwritten resignation June 18, records show. The resignation was effective immediately.

The 40-year-old Slate had been with the Sheriff’s Office since April 1997, according to his personnel file.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said Slate did not ask to meet with him before resigning and he had no communication from Slate before the officer’s resignation.

Slate and four other sheriff’s officers were demoted Oct. 31 from patrol to correction officers, took a reduction in pay and lost their police powers, guns and take-home cruisers. Jones issued the punishment after learning about a “dizzy bat” prank the officers pulled on a 19-year-old traffic offender.


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