After police officers were found to be justified in using a bulldozer to turn a man into human road kill over marijuana, his family is now suing.
'Reading, PA — As TFTP reported last year, Pennsylvania State Troopers garnered national attention following a deadly officer-involved incident whereby a man was killed by a bulldozer commandeered by one of their officers. Gregory Longenecker, 51, was run over by the bulldozer and killed as the PA State Trooper and the dozer operated by the PA Game Commission were supposedly attempting to flush him out. Now, after police refused to hold their own accountable, Longnecker’s family is seeking justice in the form of a lawsuit.
“They must be held accountable for what they did. That’s the bottom line. They cannot get away with this,” said Michael Carpenter, an uncle of 51-year-old Gregory Longenecker. “He was very kind to everyone. Very kind, very passionate. Wouldn’t harm anyone.”
Longnecker and David Light were suspects in a then-discovered cannabis grow operation on state-owned land. Game Commission employees found a few pot plants the middle-aged men grew for personal use and immediately notified local police who contacted PA State Police who sent out narcotics officers to investigate. Finding a vehicle nearby, troopers discovered the two individuals. Light turned himself in to police but Longnecker ran into the thick underbrush nearby which was observed by the PA State Police helicopter.
That’s when the PA State Trooper apparently got the bright idea to bulldoze the thick underbrush. The dozer then began to “blaze a trail” through the underbrush, according to PA State Police Information Officer David Beohm.'
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