Brooklyn Park officer accused of excessive force

Published 10:17 am Thursday, March 14, 2013

BROOKLYN PARK — A drunken driving suspect who suffered head injuries in a police station holding room has filed a federal lawsuit against the Brooklyn Park officer who arrested him.

Amos Togbeson Jr. accuses Officer Michael Wrobel of using excessive force following his arrest on April 8, 2012. Togbeson wants $500,000 in compensation.

Videotape from the holding room shows Wrobel trying to restrain Togbeson and the two land on the floor.

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Togbeson’s attorney said the officer “pile drives” Togbeson’s head onto the floor, causing a bleeding head injury which required 13 stitches. Wrobel’s report said he slipped on Togbeson’s urine and the two ended up on the ground.

Wrobel was also part of a 2010 lawsuit accusing him of excessive force. That lawsuit was eventually settled for $52,000.