Video After The Jump
A police officer had 19-year old Ryan Dorm jailed for four months after an incident in February of this year in which he falsely claimed that he was assaulted by the teen outside of a gas station in Brentwood, Maryland.
Prince George County, Maryland police officer Donald Taylor said that Dorm, believed to be involved in an attempted robbery at the gas station, reached for the officer’s weapon.
"After catching up to an aggressive youth who swung at him and began to flee, the youth reached for his gun, at which point he fired his gun at the youth in self defense," Taylor had claimed.
Video footage taken from the gas station February 3, but not released until Monday shows what actually happened was that Taylor chased down Dorm from behind and hit him in the head with his gun, which fired in Dorm's face.
"I heard a shot and then felt a flash," Dorm told Fox 5. "I thought I was dead actually."
"Well, the video contradicts what the officer originally wrote in his charging documents,” Dorm’s lawyer, Jimmy Bell told NBC Washington. “What it shows is that my client didn't lie. They print my client is a criminal. They put his face on television saying he committed these crimes, and he didn't."
Officer Taylor has been charged with second-degree assault, making false statements, reckless endangerment and official misconduct.
Dorm and his lawyer filed a $10 million lawsuit against the police department and Taylor.