An 80-year-old Missouri man was pulled of his tractor and left bloodied, bruised and with two broken ribs this week by police following a dispute, KCTV reported.
Bill Swan of Lone Jack, Missouri, who has cancer, reportedly became verbally abusive towards a public works utility crew who he saw digging on his land. The workers called the police, leading to a further dispute with Swan. Lone Jack Police Chief William Forbes told KCTV that Swan refused to dismount his tractor when police arrived and allegedly tried to back the tractor into the cop car.
"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. He became combative, swung at the officers, and tried to get the officer's firearm out of his holster. During the scuffle trying to subdue him, he suffered a cut on his head. EMS was called. EMS responded. He was abusive to them and refused treatment. He was then brought to the station where were was booked for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and two counts of assaulting a police officer."
Swan faces charges for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His wife, Libby Swan, told KCTV that she believes her husband's poor hearing contributed to the incident. "Sometimes I have to get right in his face and talk to him," she said.
Swan's wife said she and her husband have been living in fear since the incident. "I'm afraid for us to even drive out of our driveway or to get on the street. I don't know what they [the police] will do."
Forbes told KCTV that the officers properly handled the situation, as "they were in fear of their lives."
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