Woodstock, GA — Last April, Calvin Taylor, 38, of Florida had a few too many beers in a bowling alley while visiting friends in Georgia. He ended up falling asleep inside prompting a response from local police. Taylor admits that he should’ve been asked to leave. However, Sergeant Randy Milligan did far more than just ask when he shattered Taylor’s leg for no reason.
Officer Milligan was in violation of his department’s policy for not wearing his body camera but one officer turned his on and caught the horrific beating of Taylor in high definition. On April 6, 2019, Milligan was asked to remove a passed out man from the bowling alley. According to the officer, when he approached the sleeping man, Taylor became combative and the officer was forced to taser him.
None of this alleged “combativeness” was captured on any video, however, and when the body camera picks up, Taylor is not violent and is no threat to anyone. Nevertheless, even after officers had Taylor restrained, Milligan jumps on top of the helpless man and begins waylaying him with a baton. Milligan doles out dozens of blows to the restrained and incapacitated Taylor.
Blow after blow, the officer punishes the clearly confused but entirely non-threatening man, eventually shattering his leg in the process. Milligan had hit Taylor so many times with the baton that it shattered his leg below the knee, breaking the skin in the process.
After the officers held down Taylor so Milligan could beat him, they dragged him outside where they tried to figure out what charges they needed to bring against him. Up until this point, Taylor’s only crime was falling asleep in a bowling alley and being disoriented when Milligan woke him up.
A confused Taylor is trying to figure out how he ended up with a broken leg and in handcuffs, asking officers, “what did I do? I am from Florida.”
One officer responds, “welcome to Georgia… Just shut up!”
Once officers made up several unsubstantiated charges, Taylor was arrested but not brought to jail because he was injured so badly. Instead of jail, he was brought to the hospital. As the video shows, the nurse is somewhat shocked at his injuries, telling the man that his leg is “shattered.”
“Its broken.. it’s completely shattered,” she says.
According to CBS 46, Woodstock police department policy states the baton is a weapon that should only be used when an officer’s life or the life of someone else is in danger; its use ends immediately when the suspect is no longer resisting. After reviewing all the video available, the department concluded Taylor was “not trying to aggressively attack the officers.”
Despite the internal investigation finding Milligan violated multiple department policies, including the use of excessive force, the officer was not fired. Earlier this month, according to the Cherokee County District Attorney, a grand jury failed to indict the violent cop as well. Then, a day before CBS 46 aired their investigation, exposing his criminal conduct, Milligan was allowed to quietly resign and become a gypsy cop. Case closed.
After the news aired their investigation, the Woodstock Police Department released a statement to CBS46 saying:
“The Woodstock Police Department is committed to providing professional law enforcement services in the community. Upon learning of the incident, the Department conducted a thorough internal investigation and addressed policy violations with the affected officer(s). Specifically, two officers received written counseling for failing to activate their body-worm camera. The sergeant is no longer with the department.” -Chief Calvin Moss
As you watch the video below, remember that Taylor’s only “crime” was consuming too much beer sold inside the bowling alley. He had harmed no one and was not a threat. However, because he and a violent Georgia cop crossed paths, Taylor is now permanently disabled and faces a lifetime of pain.