An 80-year-old Missouri veteran and his family accused local police of pulling him off of his tractor, attacking him and then charging him with assault, KCTV-TV reported.
Photographs show that Bill Swan was left with blood and bruises on his face and jacket after his encounter with authorities late last week. His wife, Libby Swan, said he also suffered a bruised hip and two broken ribs, and that she is fearful of another run-in with Lone Jack police.
“I’m afraid for us to even drive out of our driveway or to get on the street,” she told KCTV. “I don’t know what they will do.”
Police Chief William Forbes said in a statement that officers were called his home after Bill Swan got into a dispute with public works employees repairing utility lines. Forbes said Swan, who was sitting on the tractor, threatened to sue the workers and accused them of being on his property.
“He first tried to back into their police car,” Forbes said of Swan. “Then, he tried to leave the scene. The officers gave him verbal and hand signs to stop. He refused to do so, turned his tractor around, and tried to run over the officers. One of the officers was able to get on the tractor and shut it off.”
Swan then allegedly swung at police and reached for one officer’s gun, Forbes said, prompting a “scuffle” that left Swan with a cut on his head. After refusing medical treatment, Swan was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
But relatives say Swan likely did not hear the officers’ commands, because his hearing is severely limited. They also rejected Forbes’ account of the incident.
“It makes me worried,” Swan’s grandson, Tim Swan, told WDAF-TV. “Police officers are supposed to serve and protect, and instead they’re going after people that pay their taxes, that do the right things, and are law-abiding citizens, and they’re picking on the small guy.”
Watch KCTV’s report on Swan’s arrest, as aired last Friday, below.
[h/t The Free Thought Project]
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."