ALTOONA, Pa. — A federal appeals court has dismissed a civil rights complaint by a Pennsylvania man who alleged he was the victim of excessive force by police after a traffic stop.
The Altoona Mirror reports (http://bit.ly/2tV7f03 ) a three-judge panel ruled Friday the use of force to remove 82-year-old Don Ickes from his car during a 2011 traffic stop was “objectively reasonable.”
Police say they pursued Ickes after he drove 70 mph through a 50 mph construction zone in southern Blair County. Ickes pulled into a driveway and officers say he refused requests for his license and registration.
Police then shattered a window in his vehicle and dragged Ickes from the car.
Officials say Ickes is a member of the “sovereign-citizen movement,” a group that holds many anti-government beliefs.