[WATCH] Police Break Ribs of 80-Year-Old Veteran, Claim ‘Fear For Their Lives’

Bill Swan, 90

Bill Swan, 80, is a grandfather and army veteran who his loved ones have described as being a cancer survivor, almost deaf, and requiring assistance to climb stairs.

But last Thursday, Mr. Swan was arrested in Lone Star, Mo., after an altercation on his property in which he alleges the police used excessive and unnecessary force and in doing so, he was left with bloodied face, two broken ribs, and a bruised hip.

Bill Swan, 90
Bill Swan, 80

The altercation arose when he objected to a utility crew digging on his land and one of the construction crew called the police.

Mr. Swan’s grandson, Tim, told told Fox 4 KC “Police got there and told him to get off his tractor, he was on his own property, and said, ‘I don’t have to get off my tractor.’”  “They maced him, then drug him off the tractor.”

When asked about the incident Swan’s wife Libby told KCTV:

“It’s obvious they used excessive force. He had abrasions on his face that were bleeding, he complained of pain on his right side. 

I’m afraid for us to even drive out of our driveway or to get on the street. I don’t know what they will do. “It’s very unnerving that something happened to him”

“If I was here and someone was trying to get into my house, I don’t think I would call [the police],” added Libby. “I think I would call the highway patrol or someone like that.”

 However, Lone Star Police Chief William Forbes claimed officers handled the situation correctly and said “They were in fear of their lives. “It doesn’t matter how old a man is if he’s on a tractor and he’s trying to run you over.”
The police officers involved are claiming Bill Swan tried to run over them with his tractor and when they pulled him off the tractor, they claim Mr. Swan physically assaulted them and even tried to reach for one officer’s sidearm.

Swan was arrested for assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Sources: Fox 4 KC, KCTV

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