Family sues Blount County Sheriff’s Office for millions


BCSO’s first deputy on the scene, Henry Vaughn, said Hodge was resisting arrest, but the Hodge family attorney, Lance Baker, said Vaughn took a minor traffic accident too far.

“He’s unfit,” said Baker. “His actions were deplorable, inexcusable,” said Baker.

Court documents show Hodge side swiped another car, taking out it’s side mirror. When Vaughn showed up to the alleged hit and run call on Russell Hollow Road last June, Baker said Vaughn was in plain clothes, drove an unmarked car and never identified himself as a deputy.

“As he exits the vehicle, he already has a gun drawn,” said Baker.

Baker said Vaughn violently jerked the 67-year-old man with early on-set dementia out of his truck, then “threw Mr. Hodge onto the pavement face-first, punched him and grabbed and twisted Mr. Hodge’s arms behind his back.” That’s according to a federal lawsuit asking for more than $6 million in damages.

Deputies took Hodge to jail. His attorney says it was only when Hodge’s family bonded him out that Hodge received medical treatment.

“He lived another six months, but his quality of life changed dramatically,” said Hodge. “He never drove again, he never worked around the house, he was practically non-functioning,” Baker continued.

Baker said millions will never replace a man, who ultimately lost his life to what he and Hodge’s family call excessive force.

“It’s not about money to them, it’s just not, okay,” said Baker. “They don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” he added.

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