The household of a man who was crushed underneath a bulldozer in Pennsylvania final summer time has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Pennsylvania State Police and other people, saying his death was a outcome of their reckless actions.
In July of 2018, a Pennsylvania Game Commission worker was operating a bulldozer on state game lands close to Reading when he noticed a car parked in some brush away from the road exactly where it wasn’t permitted.
Following the worker contacted the Bernville Borough Police Division, officers quickly arrived and found ten cannabis plants developing in a little hidden plot.
When two males emerged from the underbrush shortly thereafter, officers have been capable to apprehend 54-year-old David Brook Light, but 51-year-old Gregory A. Longnecker managed to evade capture.
In the search that followed, the bulldozer operator and a state trooper plowed by way of the thick vegetation exactly where they had final noticed Longnecker. When they stopped the bulldozer, they found that the man had turn into caught in the machine’s treads and crushed.
Longnecker’s household was confused as to why police did not try to arrest him later due to the fact they knew his identity and his crime was comparatively minor.
“They killed a gorgeous human becoming, a caring, loving man” Longnecker’s uncle Mike Carpenter told the Connected Press. “He’ll by no means be capable to share his life with us, or us with him, once more. For no purpose. He wasn’t hurting anybody.”
The family’s lawsuit seeks damages from state police, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and people involved in the chase.