Dewey Beach police officer indicted on assault charges
DEWEY BEACH, Del. – The Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights & Public Trust says a grand jury has indicted a Dewey Beach police officer in connection to an incident that happened back in August.
It is alleged that on August 10th, police and EMTs were dispatched to the area of Bellevue Road to help a victim who had lost consciousness and sustained injury to the back of his head. The victim was able to sit on a stretcher, but kept one foot on the ground, stating that he did not want to go to the hospital. As witnesses and first responders tried to convince the victim to lay down, officer Gregory Lynch Jr. grabbed the victim’s leg and put it on the stretcher.
The victim sat back up, but Lynch allegedly pushed him back down, climbed onto the stretcher, and repeatedly punched him in the face. As a result, people had to hold the stretcher down to prevent it from flipping over.
Lynch then reportedly handcuffed the victim to the stretcher and pulled him into an ambulance by his neck. The victim was treated at Beebe Hospital for a concussion, broken nose, multiple hematomas, and lacerations to his face.
Lynch later claimed in a sworn affadvait that the victim had committed strangulation and two counts of offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, but witness statements contradicted those claims. Witnesses at the scene claimed that the victim had put his hands up to try to protect his face, but that he had not put his hands around the officer’s face as he claimed.
Lynch is charged with second degree assault, second degree perjury, and official misconduct. Officials say he turned himself in on Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance.