Dewey Beach Officer Indicted on Assault, Misconduct Charges
DEWEY BEACH, Del.- A grand jury has indicted a Dewey Beach police officer on assault, perjury and official misconduct charges in connection with an incident that happened in the summer.
The Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights & Public Trust announced the indictment of Gregory Lynch Jr. on Tuesday.
The DOJ alleges that police and EMTs were dispatched on Aug. 10 to the Bellevue Road area to assist a man who had lost consciousness and sustained an injury to the back of his head. Prosecutors said the victim was able to sit on a stretcher but kept one foot on the ground and stated that he did not want to go to the hospital.
Prosecutors said that as first responders and witnesses tried to convince the victim to lie down, Lynch grabbed the victim’s leg and put it on the stretcher.
The DOJ said that when the victim sat up on the stretcher, Lynch allegedly pushed him back down, climbed onto the stretcher, and repeatedly punched him in the face, causing the stretcher to rise off the ground and requiring others to hold the stretcher down to prevent it from flipping over.
Lynch then handcuffed the victim to the stretcher and pulled him into an ambulance by his neck, according to prosecutors. They said the victim was later treated at Beebe Hospital and diagnosed with a concussion, a broken nose, multiple hematomas, and cuts to his face.
Prosecutors said Lynch later claimed in a sworn affidavit that the victim had committed strangulation and two counts of offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, but those claims were contradicted by witness statements.
According to the DOJ, witnesses at the scene attested that the victim had put his hands up in an attempt to protect his face, but that he had not put his hands around Lynch’s throat as Lynch had claimed in a sworn affidavit.
Lynch is charged with second-degree assault, second-degree perjury and official misconduct. He turned himself in on Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance.