Two years ago, an African-American man who lives in Hillsboro was allegedly thrown from his bike, beaten and tasered for bicycle violations.

A federal lawsuit filed last Thursday, June 5, in U.S. District Court in Portland claims the seizure and unnecessary violence that followed was an incident of racial profiling.

The complaint was filed against two Hillsboro police officers, William Blood and Brian Wilbur, as well as the city of Hillsboro.

The complaint said the man, Jermaine Robinson, was stopped by Blood while biking near his home in Hillsboro. Robinson asked why he was being detained, but received no response.

According to the complaint, when Robinson asked to leave, he was thrown to the ground, tasered twice by Wilbur and received a knee strike to the back from Blood.

Robinson was charged with interfering with a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

However, he was only tried on resisting arrest, of which he was acquitted.

The complaint accuses the city of Hillsboro for failing to adequately train officers to avoid civil rights violations such as the ones Robinson experienced.

Robinson allegedly suffered several injuries in the beating, including a herniated disk requiring surgery, bruises and psychological trauma, according to the lawsuit, which also states the pain interferes with his employment and ability to sleep.

Robinson is seeking compensation for damages, punitive damages against the defendants and attorney’s fees and costs.

— Kate Stringer

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