A rural northwest Iowa man who suffers from Parkinson’s disease has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that he was brutally pummeled by a SWAT team after a relative made false harassment allegations against him.
The events giving rise to the excessive force lawsuit occurred in August 2012, reports Omaha, Neb. CBS affiliate KMTV.
Instead of speaking with the retaliatory relative, the sheriff’s department in Pottawattamie County, Iowa (pop. 92,913) sent close to a dozen members of its SWAT team to the home of John Hytrek.
Hytrek, 52, was working on a tractor in his driveway when the heavily armed cops jumped out of a van.
He had previously warned the relative, who sports a prior conviction for uttering false statements, to leave his property.
“They ran for me with machine guns,” Hytrek told KMTV. “And I look at them, and I’m like, ‘What?’”