District Attorney John Adams of Berks County, Pennsylvania has dominated that the July demise of a person killed by a bulldozer whereas being pursued by police was unintentional. The district lawyer additionally discovered that the cops concerned within the incident had acted fairly of their pursuit of Gregory Longenecker.
“On August 24, 2018, The Berks County Deputy Coroner issued the final death certificate, ruling the death an accidental death,” Adams stated. “I recognize the sanctity of life above all values. It is very unfortunate that a life was lost and our condolences go out to the Longenecker family. However, I support the actions of the Pennsylvania state police. Their efforts were reasonable and conducted in a safe manner in this situation.”
Pursuit By Bulldozer
In July of this yr, a state recreation employee reported to police that a suspicious car was parked on land owned by the state. When police arrived, David Brooks Light, 54, of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania surrendered to officers however Longenecker, 51, of Reading ran away.
After discovering 10 hashish crops being grown on the property, police initiated a seek for Longenecker with a helicopter and a bulldozer being pushed via heavy brush by a state recreation employee. A state trooper was additionally driving on the bulldozer. After calling off the seek for Longenecker, police discovered his crushed physique within the tracks of the bulldozer.
District Attorney Adams additionally stated that the cops concerned had no duty for Longenecker’s demise and that no expenses can be filed towards them.
Jeff Reidy, the Executive Director of Lehigh Valley NORML, stated that Longenecker’s dying is indicative of the stigma nonetheless hooked up to hashish within the United States.
“Today’s disappointing ruling exemplifies once again that some within the criminal justice system still view marijuana as the enemy, and that the power of the badge can be blinding to others,” Reidy stated. “A man is dead because law enforcement made some unnecessary choices in the heat of the moment, when a frightened man fled. There were other means available to track down this man. They had his friend in custody. And was he really a danger to anybody for growing ten marijuana plants?”
“Until we reform our outdated laws, there will be more Greg Longeneckers being chased by law enforcement, over a handful of harmless plants growing in a field or forest,” Reidy added. “We can end such senseless acts by legalizing cannabis, and allowing home grows across our state. No one should die for growing a plant that can do so much good!”
Another hashish activist, Pittsburgh NORML Executive Director Patrick Nightingale, stated the actions of police weren’t justifiable.
“We are very disappointed in the findings by the District Attorney’s Office in this matter,” Nightingale stated. “Under no circumstances whatsoever can the actions of law enforcement be justified. This man and his companion were allegedly growing a handful of plants that posed absolutely no risk to anyone. There were no ‘exigent circumstances’ requiring aggressive law enforcement tactics to protect the public from dangerous fugitives.”
“These heavy-handed tactics resulted in the death of a man, who likely would have received probation upon conviction,” he continued. “This sad tragedy demonstrates the need for legalization because wherever cannabis is criminally prohibited some members of law enforcement will find an excuse to run a man over with construction equipment.”
Brooks, the person arrested on the scene, has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, in accordance with Berks County data.