Wisconsin: 24 deputies, armored vehicle sent to collect fine from elderly homeowner

Wisconsin: 24 deputies, armored vehicle sent to collect fine from elderly homeowner

This account of the “police action” will have your jaw dropping.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.

And an armored military vehicle.

Among other issues, the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., focused attention on the growing militarization of local law enforcement, particularly the use by even very small police departments of surplus armored military vehicles.

Marathon County sheriff’s officials aren’t apologizing for their tactics. …

“People may not always understand why, but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now,” Bean said.

Hoeppner’s wife was so upset about the raid that she had to be taken to the hospital. …

The judgment is the result of a six-year court battle in which the town won a suit against Mr. Hoeppner for zoning violations and violations of other nuisance laws. Three years ago, the court ordered Hoeppnner to pay and when he didn’t, the town got a final judgment in 2013 that slapped him with a $500 a day fine and payment of the town’s legal fees. …

Hoeppner seems like a cantankerous old coot, but he wasn’t a threat. What is perhaps most chilling is that authorities thought nothing of calling for an armored car to intimidate him.

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