Springfield Police Release Video of Arrest After Claims of Abuse

After a short cell phone video was posted to Facebook with claims that Springfield Police Department carried out an act of police brutality, the Department released full video of the incident showing Gregory Robinson resisting arrest, refusing to follow police commands, and reaching for guns in his possession.

The video, shown below, comes from the dashcam of one of the officers who responded to incident in North Lyon.

A woman who claimed to be the “on/off” girlfriend of Robinson posted two short videos on Facebook claiming that police were abusing Robinson when he was “being compliant” and making claims that police had been harassing herself and the man’s family.

The full video shows officers having pulled over Robinson in connection with calls to police about a man in a blue Ford Taurus pointing a gun at a woman in the 400 block of West Atlantic.

Robinson, although he put his hands out his window, refusing to exit the vehicle. Officers, believing the suspect to be armed, opened the car’s door to remove Robinson.

The officers try to use a taser on Robinson, who attempts to flee in the vehicle. Officers are finally able to remove Robinson from the car, who attempts to reach into the waistband of his pants.

Officers then had to use physical force to subdue Robinson, at which point they removed two guns, one loaded, from the waistband where Robinson had been reaching as officers were subduing him.

While police were searching Robinson and the vehicle, he was making threats to kill the officers on the scene. He also made threatening statements against police during the booking process.

A search of the vehicle revealed large amounts of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Robinson, a convicted felon, was formally charged by the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office with Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felony Resisting/Interfering Arrest and Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

“When a known violent and armed suspect is encountered, yet refuses to comply with officer commands, it is imperative officers take every precaution to ensure their safety and the safety of our community while taking such a person into custody,” the SPD said in a statement.

Robinson is in the Greene County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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