LOGAN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A jury in Logan county has convicted a 63-year-old Julesburg man of all criminal counts after the man claimed he was the victim of police brutality.

According to state court records, the jury reached its verdict April 25 finding Robert Steven Dye guilty of resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and a traffic violation.

A Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy, Darin Poole, pulled Dye over July 4, 2011 on a routine traffic stop. But the traffic stop turned violent with Dye asserting that Deputy Poole kicked him, elbowed him in the face, beat him and caused him numerous injuries that left him hospitalized.

“I thought I was going to die,” Dye told the Denver Post.

The incident led to an unsuccessful attempt to recall Sedgwick County Sheriff Randy Peck.

Deputy Poole resigned from the sheriff’s department five months after the incident.

But a one-day jury trial for Dye led to guilty verdicts on all counts. Records indicate Dye will be sentenced on the misdemeanor charges in June.

Reached by CBS4 Thursday afternoon, former Deputy Poole said, ‘The job as a police officer is getting tougher every day with all these false allegations of police brutality. Police officers should be held accountable for wrongdoing. However, the public needs to realize that officers sometimes are forced into physical altercations. And I believe very few are police brutality.”

– Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com


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