OAG: Probe finds ex-cop acted within scope of employment

Posted on Nov 12 2011
By Ferdie de la Torre

The Office of the Attorney General said that its own investigation has determined that former police officer Jesse Dubrall was acting within the scope of his work with the Department of Public Safety when he arrested a man who later accused him of police brutality.

In a statement issued Thursday, OAG legal intern and media officer Lynnette Van Wyngarden said the OAG has accepted Dubrall’s request for attorney representation and will defend him from the lawsuit filed against him by Jin Dong Wang.

Wang is suing Dubrall for alleged acts that occurred while Dubrall was performing his duties as an officer for the DPS, Division of Police.

These duties, Van Wyngarden said, were performed while executing an arrest warrant to apprehend a major “ice” supplier.

Wang was reportedly mistaken for another person.

Wang, through counsel Robert J. O’Connor, is suing Dubrall for assault and battery, false arrest, emotional distress, violation of civil rights, and negligence.

Wang alleged that Dubrall hit him with a gun’s butt and repeatedly kicked him after mistaking him for the person that police were trying to arrest on Oct. 18, 2010. Wang claimed being injured in the head, abdomen, buttocks, and legs. He was taken by police to the hospital.

In Dubrall’s answer to the lawsuit, he denied using unreasonable force in arresting Wang and that his conduct was an act of self-defense.

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