Pennsylvanian Grateful Dead fan Greg Longenecker, 51, died after being discovered growing pot on public land
Pennsylvania state police acted recklessly when troopers used a bulldozer to pursue a 51-year-old Grateful Dead fan who had been caught growing marijuana on public land, killing him when he wound up under the machines treads, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed on Monday.
Greg Longeneckers family said police had no business chasing him with a dangerous piece of machinery, especially over a few pot plants he was cultivating for personal use.
His death last July, in a rural area about 75 miles outside Philadelphia, also provoked outrage from a marijuana advocacy group.
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They killed a beautiful human being, a caring, loving man, said Longeneckers uncle, Mike Carpenter, who is named as a plaintiff in the federal suit. Hell never be able to share his life with us, or us with him, again. For no reason. He wasnt hurting anyone.