Ex-chief awaits hearing over Army bulldozer use

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former police chief in the Cumberland Plateau is awaiting trial on a charge that demonstrates problems with a Defense Department program that gives used military gear to local law enforcement.

Ex-Monterey Chief Kevin Phillips was arrested July 9 on an official misconduct charge that accuses him of using town drug funds to have an Army bulldozer delivered to his own land for personal use. Phillips' first hearing is scheduled for November. His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.

An Associated Press investigation shows that more than $4 billion in gear has been distributed for free under the program nationwide since 1990. Police departments and sheriff's offices in rural areas with few officers and little crime have obtained a disproportionate share.


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