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    GLENROCK, Wyo. - Bud Grose seemed like the last person who should attract the attention of police when the 76-year-old retiree hopped on his antique tractor and rumbled through the annual parade in this small Wyoming town.

    But what was supposed to be a day of fun at an end-of-summer festival ended abruptly when police shot Grose with a Taser in a dispute about where to end the parade route.

    The incident nearly incited a riot as outraged neighbors rushed to his defense. Now residents of this tight-knit town of 2,400 are seething over what they see as police brutality, and town officials are scrambling to ease the tension.

    The Glenrock Police Department has placed two of its seven officers on paid administrative leave and hired a consultant to conduct an internal review that began last week. Prosecutors have decided against filing any charges in the Aug. 1 confrontation, and Police Chief Tom Sweet acknowledged the situation has "highly inflamed the community."

    ‘We're taught to respect the law, not fear it’
    "To me it doesn't matter if this was a town of Glenrock's size or New York City. This kind of stuff can't go on," said Grose's son, Mike. "It doesn't matter if there's 10 officers or a thousand, this is just totally unacceptable. We're taught to respect the law, not fear it."

    The fracas at the annual Deer Creek Days arose from confusion over whether members of the tractor club could deviate from the parade route shortly before it ended.

    Grose wanted to head directly to the town park for a tractor pull like in previous years. But the police department had a different plan, which apparently was not communicated to the tractor drivers.

    As a result, Grose encountered a Glenrock officer attempting to direct the tractors along the regular parade route. Grose said he drove around the officer. The officer said he was struck by the tractor and injured his wrist, according to a state review of the incident.
    "He, for some reason, said no, and I, for some reason, thought to myself yes," Grose recounted.

    The police chief said the officer then chased Grose on foot until a fellow officer joined the pursuit in a police SUV and caught up to Grose's tractor. The police pulled in front of the tractor, and the tractor came to a stop as it bumped the SUV.
    That is when the officer shocked Grose with the Taser. Grose eventually managed to pull the tractor around the police SUV and to a parking area down the road. An angry crowd formed as police kept ordering Grose off the tractor. Police did not arrest Bud Grose because of the tension at the scene, Sweet said.

    "At the time, it was very close to having a riot right there, and that probably would have created a full-scale riot," Sweet said.

    Grose's son, Mike, agreed. "There was some very good people there ready to make some bad choices that would have affected them for the rest of their lives," he said. "That's the point it had gotten to."

    ‘He should not be regarded as a folk hero’
    A lawyer for the two officers issued a statement Monday saying the officer who fired the Taser did so only after Grose "slammed" his tractor into the police SUV, resisted police commands and kept driving.
    "They ultimately de-escalated a volatile situation created by Mr. Grose's actions. If anyone violated the law that day, it was Mr. Grose," Casper attorney John Robinson said. "He should not be regarded as a folk hero."

    Police fired the Taser five times, according to a state spokesman.

    Residents are not letting the matter fade quietly. Mike Grose and his wife have printed T-shirts with a cartoonish drawing of a police officer using a Taser on a tractor driver. The caption reads "If you missed Deer Creek Days 2009, you missed a shocking experience."

    The police chief acknowledges that the situation could have been handled differently.

    "I think there were some contributing factors on both sides, from the law enforcement side and from Mr. Grose's side that maybe could have prevented some of the problem," Sweet said. "There probably was some better judgment that could have been used by everybody involved."

    Stupid Redneck.
    It's better to be hated for what you are, then to be loved for what you are not.

  • #2
    Lets see. 2nd degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and eluding. Yeah they had no reason to use force on this poor old man.

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    • #3
      He is lucky he only got tased.
      It's better to be hated for what you are, then to be loved for what you are not.

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      • #4
        Hate to say, but sounds like something like that would happen in my town. Communication and obidience, and the situation would have been solved. He should have never took off... On the other hand, I wonder if he was driving John Deere or Farmall... I love deere, but my farmall i faster than my john deere, but my Deere will out work any piece of equipment when it comes to digging ad grading. But I once used a John Deere 4250 for a tractor pull last year, but for the county fair I my use my farmall this year, I put lots of weights on it to pull in a higher class.
        "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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        • #5
          In my opinion this story is another example of WTF.

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          • #6
            rofl.... "you missed a shocking experience" lol

            I'd buy one and put it under my vest!!

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            • #7
              He was driving a John Deere, I was standing about 30 feet away, off duty as the incident took place. This place is insane now too. I even got asked to leave a local gas station cause they didn't want me there as I am "one of them". It didn't help matters when the local paper printed the DCI report along with quotes form the statement I had to submit as a witness.

              Oh well, the life of small town Wyoming.

              George
              I Peter 2:17

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              • #8
                Well, some people feel that they don't have to follow officer instructions because they are normally law-abiding citizens. Add that to more and more people wanting to dispute officer's actions on the side of the road instead of court, and you get volatile situiations like this. Unfortunately I can see this spreading and situations getting worse as time goes on, rather than people learning what the proper forum is.
                "You don't want the truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall... I have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it."

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