A Cherokee County grand jury found use of force by former Woodstock police Sgt. Randy Milligan “was justified and authorized under Georgia law,” District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Wednesday.
Milligan was placed on administrative leave last April after an incident in which he was off duty and working an extra job at a Woodstock bowling alley, Woodstock police said at the time.
While working the job Milligan was informed of a person who appeared unresponsive. Milligan and the manager attempted to wake the 38-year-old man, Calvin Taylor of Hollywood, Floria. After several attempts, police woke him up and attempted to escort him outside in order to seek medical attention from Woodstock Fire Department. While police escorted him, Taylor allegedly became combative and disorderly. Following a brief altercation, Milligan and other officers who arrived detained him and placed him under arrest.
“The Grand Jury also unanimously recommended that the District Attorney’s Office take no further action regarding this matter. A summary of evidence and a report of the Grand Jury’s findings of facts from this review will be included in the general presentments that are returned at the end of this Grand Jury’s term of service this spring,” Wallace said in a statement.
“In 2016 the Georgia Legislature enacted (a law) to promote transparency in communities with regards to use of force incidents occurring between law enforcement officers and citizens. As the District Attorney of the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, I requested the January 2020 Grand Jury to conduct a review of the facts and circumstances that occurred at the Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center in Woodstock on April 6, 2019, and that led to the use of force against Calvin Taylor by former Woodstock Police Department Sgt. Randy Milligan,” Wallace said.
The district attorney reported that the grand jury was presented evidence from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, including the lead agent who conducted the criminal investigation and a toxicology expert, other Woodstock Police Department officers and former officers who were present during the incident, a tactical instructor from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, an employee of Stars and Strikes who witnessed the incident, and Randy Milligan.
Prior to this matter being presented to the grand jury, Calvin Taylor and his attorney were interviewed in the district attorney’s office and were additionally provided the opportunity to appear before the grand jury but Taylor declined, Wallace said.