- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A 20-year-old Dover man alleging two officers used excessive force against him and his mother denies the injuries he claims he suffered in the 2011 encounter were pre-existing.

As testimony in the federal case began this week, Matthew Robinson denied being uncooperative and resisting arrest when police questioned him and his mother, Eva Robinson. The family’s lawsuit contends that part-time Dover officer Steven Payton interrogated and restrained them without cause and that a backup officer unnecessarily used a stun gun on Matthew Robinson, who was then 16.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Lk6bcz ) reports that Matthew Robinson rejected claims that his injuries were caused by a skin infection or a spider bite, instead of the stun gun.

Testimony is expected to last about a week.

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

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