- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The father of a Dover man who alleges officers used excessive force in a 2011 arrest says he told police what they thought was drug paraphernalia in his son’s possession was actually an auto body shop air blower.

Ron Robinson testified during a trial Wednesday that he heard his wife Eva Robinson yelling after she had gone out to walk their dog with their son. Robinson said when he got outside, he saw his then 16-year-old son, Matthew Robinson, in handcuffs.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1KTud8W ) reports Robinson said his son told him a stun gun had been used on him. The father said he told Dover police officer Steven Payton about the piece of equipment.

The family’s lawsuit contends that Payton interrogated and restrained the mother and son without cause and that a stun gun was unnecessarily used.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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