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Brooklyn DA to hire expert to analyze death of petty thief killed in run-in with NYPD squad car

New York Daily News- by John Marzulli

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes will hire an independent expert to investigate the death of a man fatally struck by a police car — an indication the prosecutor has doubts about the NYPD explanation of the incident.

The initial police report after Tamon Robinson, 27, was killed a run-in with the squad car last April claimed there were no witnesses. Hynes’ office has since interviewed multiple witnesses, the Daily News has learned.

Now an independent accident reconstruction expert is expected to examine other possible inconsistencies, such as whether the sizable dent in the squad car is consistent with the police report account that Robinson struck a parked vehicle.

Last month, The News exclusively reported Robinson’s mother suffered the indignity of receiving a $710 bill — addressed to her son — for the damage his body caused the vehicle.

The results of the expert report will help determine whether the DA pursues a case against the NYPD and the officers driving the death car.

“It’s clear they don’t feel comfortable about the (NYPD) investigation,” said a police source not directly involved in the case.

“We have spoken to all of the witnesses and we believe we need an outside accident reconstruction expert, which we are in the process of doing,” said D.A. spokesman Jerry Schmetterer, declining to comment further.

Robinson was killed last April after he fled from cops, who caught him removing paving stones from the Bayview Houses. The official accident report states the police car was stopped on a footpath when Robinson “did run into” the side of the vehicle, causing him to fall backward and strike his head on the ground.

But multiple witnesses have come forward claiming Robinson was mowed down by a cop car chasing him down the footpath.

“I heard the cops say over their loudspeaker, ‘Stop f—— running!’ and that made me jump to the window,” said neighbor Zina Callahan, adding she was interviewed by prosecutors about what she heard and saw from her third-floor window.

“The cop car sped up and hit him,” she said. “I screamed. He went up in the air.”

Such testimony will be crucial in a wrongful death lawsuit filed last Wednesday by Robinson’s mother, Laverne Dobbinson, against the city, the NYPD, Officer Volkan Uretener and Sgt. Miguel Cueto.

“It is clear what the witnesses saw happen is totally inconsistent with what the police say in their report,” said lawyer Sanford Rubenstein.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne did not respond to a request for comment. A Law Department spokeswoman said the papers had not been received but will be reviewed thoroughly.

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4 Responses to Brooklyn DA to hire expert to analyze death of petty thief killed in run-in with NYPD squad car

  1. diggerdan says:

    It always seems that a cop can convtct a suspect on just one or two police statements, but a dozen witnesses testifying against a damn cop and the cop seems to have charges dropped almost every time. Yes, our justice system seems to have a problem convicting a damn cop and sending him to prison.

  2. Jolly Roger says:

    The D.A.’s political maneuvering is irrelevant. He’s probably launching this investigation because he thinks it will keep his name in the news for a long time, and he has new dreams of being mayor. We have the cops’ names now, and no faith in the justice system whatsoever.

    One of my top-ten favorite books is Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”, which is a novelist’s account of the French Revolution (as opposed to an historian’s). Madam DeFarge was the wife of one of the leaders of the revolution, and her main contribution to the freedom effort was her knitting. It was important because in her knitting, she was secretly recording the names of everyone whose head would need removal “when the time comes” (as Mr. Koernke would say).

    The point being; I think people should find out who all the bad guys are in their own local area and keep a record of them for two reasons:
    1. They’re going to be the rats / turncoats who will try to undermine the freedom effort and get you killed.
    2. We don’t want to let them escape justice.

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Robinson was killed last April after he fled from cops, who caught him removing paving stones from the Bayview Houses.”

    So now theft is added to the list of crimes punishable by immediate death (read MURDER) according to NYPD ‘standards’?

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