From Truth and Action
The sheriff of the small Wisconsin town Stettin sent an armored military vehicle and 24 armed police officers to collect a debt from a 75-year-old man who owed the municipality $86,000 due to a civil judgement.
The police called the the armored vehicle in when the knocked on the door and nobody answered, yet they could hear noises inside. This alarmed the police enough to call in the armored vehicle, fearing the 75-year-old man, fearing for their safety, they state.
The small town Stettin, Wisconsin has deployed their armored vehicle 53 times since they acquired it in 2011.
That is certainly a lot for such a small town. When boys have toys they tend to play with them.
The Pentagon has been giving small and large towns across America machines of war that were previously used in Iraq and Afghanistan for many years.
When civil war or martial law finally hits the States, all the war machines will be put into use to quell the populace.
Hoeppner owns about 20 acres outside of town, where he restores antique tractors and runs a pallet repair business, according to the Journal Sentinel. In 2008, the town sued Hoeppner over claimed violations of ordinances about zoning, signs, rubbish and vehicles. The two parties settled a year later, but Stettin officials felt he reneged on the deal and filed for a motion for contempt and enforcement. In September 2010, a judge ordered Hoeppner to clean up his land. The property owner didn’t comply, and so the judge then authorized the town to seize assets, which officials did in summer of 2011, selling the tractors, pallets and other items for “pennies on the dollar,” Lister said. Hoeppner was then issued a $500-a-day fine in April 2013 for his previous non-compliance.
“This has been a long outstanding problem between the resident and the township and it’s been contentious. We’ve had deputies go to town board meetings to do security. We know we’ve had our staff involved to mediate this over a number of months trying to calm the situation and it never got any better,” Billeb said.
By October 2, that daily fine amounted to $86,000, which the town sought to collect that day. When Hoeppner failed to open the door, deputies called in the Marathon County Response Vehicle (MRAV) and began inventorying the items on the property.
That brought the 75-year-old then out of the house, but he soon got “pushy” and tried bowling past them, police said, according to the Daily Herald. That’s when a lieutenant handcuffed the property owner.
“I’ve been involved in about five standoff situations where, as soon as the MARV showed up, the person gives up,” saving the county time, money and increasing safety, Bean said to the Journal-Sentinel. “People may not always understand why, but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now.”
The department obtained the armored ‒ but not weaponized ‒ vehicle in 2011, and it has since been deployed 53 times.
The 75-year-old and his wife have filed a claim for damages against the town in the amount of $4.5 million, according to WSAW.
“It’s a long-running, heavily litigated dispute over his use of his property,” another of Hoeppner’s lawyers (on an unrelated matter), Jeff Scott Olson, told the Journal-Sentinel. “They’re trying to collect in a very heavy-handed manner.”
Stettin officials agreed to drop $6,000 from his bill, in exchange for Hoeppner paying the bill that day without the town needing to haul away and sell the equipment from his property.
“The $86,000 figure is enough to shock most men,” the 75-year-old said. “And they wanted it now, today.”
Hoeppner estimates that his prolonged battle with the town has cost him about $200,000, a retirement fund he “worked very hard to accumulate,” he told the Journal-Sentinel. In addition, he said, the events on October 2 upset his wife so much that he had to take her to a hospital for a few hours that day.