Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:43 AM
Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Jim Davis
A retired Prince George’s County police officer was found not guilty of assault last Thursday.
In a bench trial last Thursday morning in a Prince George’s County courtroom in Upper Marlboro, Judge Dwight D. Jackson found Donald Taylor not guilty on all charges — even after the retired police officer was seen on a video from Feb. 22, 2012, chasing down and hitting Ryan Dorm, 19, with his service revolver, which caused the gun to discharge.
The incident occurred at a gas station at 38th and Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood when Taylor and his partner spotted Dorm and his friend in a gas station. One of the young men was wearing a ski mask. The two officers thought a robbery was about to take place, Taylor said in his testimony. When the two officers approached Dorm, he struggled, pulled away and ran.
The two officers arrested Dorm and charged him with second-degree assault and other related counts. Dorm was accused initially of attempting to disarm and assault a police officer.
Soon after that, police internal affairs detectives uncovered a surveillance video that contradicted portions of the officer’s account. All charges against Dorm were dropped, and he was set free after spending four months in jail.
Dorm’s attorney Jimmy Bell has filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million for the alleged assault, false imprisonment and emotional distress his client endured.