A Dewey Beach police officer was indicted in connection to an August incident where he allegedly climbed on top of a man laid out on a stretcher and began punching the victim in the face, the Delaware Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
According to DOJ officials, Gregory Lynch Jr. responded to reports of a victim who had suffered an injury to the back of his head after losing consciousness near Bellevue Road on August 10, 2019.
The victim was able to sit on the stretcher provided by emergency responders, and put his foot on the ground, stating he did not want to go to the hospital, according to officials.
Authorities said Lynch initially grabbed the victim's leg and put it on the stretcher, then pushed him back down when he again sat up, climbed onto the stretcher himself, and began repeatedly punching the victim in the face, requiring others to hold the stretcher so it wouldn't fall over.
Lynch then allegedly handcuffed the victim to the stretcher and pulled him into the ambulance by his neck. The victim was treated at an area hospital and diagnosed with a concussion, broken nose, multiple hematomas, and lacerations to the face.
The DOJ said Lynch claimed on an affidavit that the victim had committed strangulation and two counts offensive touching of a law enforcement officer--claims contradicted by witness statements who told authorities the victim had attempted to protect his face but had not put his hands around Lynch's throat, as Lynch had claimed.
Lynch turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree perjury, and official misconduct. He was released of his own recognizance.