Spencer at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

Full-time law enforcement staff, Spencer Police Department

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Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data last updated June 1, 2023


We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in $1,300,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

In 2021, Melissa Fields filed a lawsuit against Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike King after the fatal shooting of her father, Michael Nichols. The case was settled for $585,000.

In 2020, King came to Nichols’ front porch and claimed that Nichols had been ignoring his orders and that he had reached for a gun, which was actually a decorative BB gun. In her lawsuit, Fields notes that the BB gun “was used as a decorative spindle in the porch railing” and alleges that King had been to Nichols’ property before and should have known that. King shot Nichols three times. King was not wearing a body camera despite the County’s policy requiring it, and he was not indicted for this shooting. As of April 2022, King was still employed by the County and was one of their highest paid sheriffs.