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Man Accurately Named "Tattoo" Shoots at Cop, Wins Settlement for Getting Shot by Cop

Categories: Crime, Police

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Lincoln Police Department
Michael Knuth's nickname is "Tattoo."
In 2009 Michael Knuth, a.k.a. "Tattoo," probably because he has the word "Tattoo" tattooed across his forehead, went on a rampage in Lincoln, Illinois, beating, robbing and shooting at his neighbors, one of whom he knew for five years.

When the cops eventually located Knuth, officer Stuart Erlenbush saw he had a gun in his hand. The officer ordered him to put it down, but Knuth pointed it at the officer and a shot was fired, according to court documents. The officer then fired nine shots at Knuth, who survived. Knuth was sentenced to 45 years in prison for attempted murder of Erlenbush.

But in 2011 he sued, alleging excessive force. And on Tuesday, he was awarded a settlement.

According to the Bloomington Pantagraph, Knuth argues that he was incapacitated when the officer fired additional, unnecessary shots.

See also: Family of Man Shot to Death By St. Louis Police Say Cops Lied

"That's when Chief Erlenbush walked up to the driver's side door of the truck and violated the plaintiff's constitutional rights under the 14th and Eighth Amendments by maliciously and sadistically firing two more shots into the body of this now unarmed and incapacitated plaintiff," the lawsuit reads.

The Pentagraph also reports that the lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial, but the settlement was made. Details of the amount were not yet released. The city of Lincoln and the Lincoln Police Department were named in the lawsuit.

Aside from suing cities and police departments, Knuth has spent some of his incarcerated time trying to get married.

See also: Mistaken for Robbery Suspect, Teen Shot by Cop; Gets Arrested Anyway for Gun, Weed

While awaiting to be deemed mentally competent to stand trial -- something which was prompted in part because he was eating the fatty tissue and pus from his bullet wounds -- Knuth tried to marry an unnamed long-time girlfriend.

Knuth wasn't allowed to get married but was deemed competent to stand trial.

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47 comments
Eddie Gregs
Eddie Gregs

It happened in Illinois....which has already been in the toilet.....

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

And we wonder why our country is so Fucked Up

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

For every crazy bastard there's a crazy bitch,,,, a match made in HELL !!!!

Stephanie Mondaine
Stephanie Mondaine

Dont matter what his nickname is, how many tatoos he's got or what he did. When someone appears to be dead and a cop walks up and shoots him twice more its excessive force.

Irene Brooks
Irene Brooks

He ate his own puss and fatty tissue from his gunshot wounds...OMFG!

OnlyInAmerica
OnlyInAmerica

So he really sued the tax payers for the police stopping him from his rampage. While I can somewhat understand the point I really hope they didn't make this guy a millionaire. 

Ken Kellogg
Ken Kellogg

Only one word comes to mind when I saw this guy...douche

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

Quit showing this fuck your gonna torn him in to somekind of celebrity. Plus he makes me sick.....

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

In the words of alice cooper, why would sombody be with this guy! And wheres her picture?

Lindsay Arens
Lindsay Arens

Melissa Eileen it looks like bryan dennis hahahahaha

Justin Wagner
Justin Wagner

I wonder how much the tattoo artist made off of that forehead

Brian Conley
Brian Conley

Next time, utilize a head shot. Emptying a full magazine into an armed suspect is ok in my book.

James Cabit
James Cabit

That's my hometown. The sad thing is drugs are getting more worse. A lot has happened here this past few years. This year guy walks in front of train and a guy gets shot killed by police at the Glass House bar. Lincoln IllinoisLinc will always be my home town and I'm proud to be part of this lovely community. I love this town.

Sausha Long
Sausha Long

I'm talking about people with face tattoos like this or severely gauged ears... I'm all about doing what you want to your body, because its yours.. But first impressions are everything. Just my opinion and not everyone is going to agree with it. We're all entitled to have one.

Ron Clements
Ron Clements

Face and neck tattoos are NEVER a good idea.

Semaj Michaeltree
Semaj Michaeltree

Hopefully you're referring only to psychopaths with scary ink on their faces, and not the general population of people with body modifications..

Lynnie Creasy
Lynnie Creasy

Hmmm...what should I eat for lunch? How about my pus with a side of infected flesh? Geez...

Chris Awalt
Chris Awalt

This cop should have put a bullet in his head.

Sausha Long
Sausha Long

And people like this wonder why they can't land a decent job.... Hmm.. No idea!!

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

ACL on forehead WTF. Does tat stand for. Hope not American commercial Lines.

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Who said he was convinced? There are people out there that are stupid beyond comprehension.

Randy Bond
Randy Bond

They should have shot him in the fuckin' head, the bullet hole would have added to the artwork!

Gabriel Marrero
Gabriel Marrero

The only sad part about this guy getting shot at by the cops is that they didn't kill him.

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