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Farmers vs. Iowa DOT
« on: April 02, 2009, 01:11:13 pm »

Farmer sues DOT officer, alleging abuse, in another case

The farmer never said an impolite word or threatened the officer in any way, Buchanan claimed. He alleged that with the gun pointed at Chism's head, the officer said, "I can do anything I want." Chism was arrested and accused of felony assault on a police officer, but the charge was later dropped.

Schneider, a retired dairy farmer, said he was actually driving a noncommercial recreational vehicle that was pulling an odd-shaped, 16-foot enclosed trailer used to transport a gyrocopter, which looks similar to a helicopter.

The incident report shows the traffic stop quickly turned into a potential drug bust because Wiegand claimed he immediately smelled an odor that reminded him of burning marijuana. He says in his report that Schneider told him there was nothing like that in his vehicle. The officer says he asked for permission to search the vehicle and received no objections from Schneider, who was accompanied by his wife, Jane.

One complaint involved allegations by a third party that a DOT officer was discriminatory in stopping a for-hire passenger van that transported Amish people. That case was not pursued because it was reported by a third party.

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