Ft. Campbell Soldier Awarded $2.2 Million in Police Brutality Case

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Former Ft. Campbell soldier Milo Rodgers has been awarded a $2.2 million dollar judgement in a case involving alleged police brutality by the Oak Grove Police Department.

According to Rodgers, he was rushing his son to the hospital for treatment on October 21, 2000 when 2 Oak Grove police officers pulled him over for speeding. The officers ordered Rodgers out of his car at gunpoint, then, allegedly pushed him to the ground, grabbed his wrists, and stomped on his neck.

Rodgers' head and wrist injuries were so severe that the former tank mechanic was forced into a medical discharge from the Army in 2002, and he and his wife and 3 kids now live in North Carolina, where Rodgers is a cookie-baker.

The jury found Officers Jeff Ford and Jason Pelfrey used excessive force during the stop. Rodgers alleges Oak Grove Police Chief Milton Perry was on the scene during the incident, but did nothing to stop it.

Ford and Pelfrey no longer work for the department, but Perry remains as police chief.

Bowling Green attorney David Cole, Jr. represented Rodgers in the case, and says the Rodgers family turned down a $250,000 settlement offer to go to trial because "they always knew they were right, and would win," Cole said.

Cole says he expects the city of Oak Grove to appeal the ruling, but is confident his case will stand up on review.

The Oak Grove Police Department declined comment and referred to city hall for representation, but WBKO was unable to reach anyone at city hall for comment.

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