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An 80-year old Missouri man was beaten by cops leaving him with broken bones. According to the Free Thought Project, the officers claimed he was a threat to them.

Bill Swan was on his tractor when he noticed a utility crew attempting to dig on his property and approached them to tell them to vacate his property. The workers then called police, according to KCTV 5.

When officers arrived they yanked Swan off the tractor and took him to the ground leaving him bloodied and with broken ribs.

Officers of course claim that Swan was a threat to them, and that he attempted to back his tractor into a police cruiser and then tried to leave the scene. They claim they gave him verbal and hand signals to stop but he refused and attempted to run the officers over.

His wife, Libby, said that Swan suffers from hearing loss and likely couldn’t hear their commands. Swan, having survived cancer, said he was afraid for his life during the incident. The officers also claimed that Swan went for one of their guns, which raises questions.

The claim that Swan went for an officers gun should ring alarm bells, as this is often a claim officers make after beating someone in an attempt justify their use of force.

Swan was booked on disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

 

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