Ahmet Hopovac requested protection from Grant County against local gang members after he was released from a five-year jail sentence. He asked to be assigned parole in Idaho because he had no home in Grant County, but was denied. He then asked permission to carry a gun, but was denied.

Hopovac was then followed by gang members who believed he was a snitch. Authorities thought he was just paranoid, but the gang members later kidnapped and tortured him. The assailants pulled off two of his toenails and chopped off some fingers (later reattached by doctors).

Ahmet sued the Department of Corrections for their lack of protection after he was attacked. Judge George Fearing ruled that Hopovac could have attained means of protection other than a firearm and that the DOC had no responsibility to keep him safe.