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]
‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters
The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.
Here are some of the videos from the scene.
Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.
NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020
Protesters march on mayor’s mansion in NYC as criticism grows against Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been highly criticized for his response to the protests against police violence.
The mayor has been criticized by protesters and the press for violence inflicted by the New York Police Department.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the city's response.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also criticized the mayor, for not doing his job.
Here are some of the scenes of protesters marching on Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of NYC. Built in 1799, NYPD is trying to protect the building.