Dana Robinson, 54, of Willingboro, says he was minding his own business, fishing at Michael J. Doyle Park in Camden County on July 19, 2013. By all accounts, the man was, indeed, in the park fishing.
The next part of the story is up for debate. Robinson says three Camden County Police officers assaulted him, seriously injured him. In fact, he says several of his bones were broken after one of the officers pushed him to the ground. Further, the civil suit he filed against the officers claims he feels the officers falsely charged him with offenses “to provide some justification” for the assault.
The police officers maintain Robinson was fishing in the park after it was officially closed for the day. The man, they said, became belligerent when he didn’t like the fact that the park was closed. Allegedly, Robinson used profanity and called the officers “idiots,” which prompted an arrest. However, the cops continued, Robinson appeared to have been drinking and took a fighting stance upon being put under arrest. The cops felt they were in their right to subdue him.
After a department review of the incident, no grounds were found for action against the three cops.
Eventually, Robinson pled guilty to disturbing the peace and the initial charges of resisting arrest, obstruction and inciting a riot were dismissed. However, he is now pursuing as civil suit because he has endured many fractures, cuts and an operation on a broken hip as a result of the altercation.
The bottom line is that things aren’t always what they seem. Time will tell what happens with the civil suit. However, if you are facing charges in South Jersey for any criminal behavior, tell seasoned criminal defenselawyer John W. Tumelty what happened. He will protect your rights and get to the bottom of what happened.