Woodlynne Police Releases Body Worn Camera for Use of Force Incident
Camden, N.J. — In conformity with the tenants of the Excellence In Policing Initiative set forth by the Office of the Attorney General, and our commitment to transparency, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is releasing the body-worn camera footage and 911 call from a June 4 incident in Woodlynne.
According to officials, the camera, worn by Officer Ryan Dubiel, 31, of Wenonah, begins as officers from the Woodlynne Police Department are dispatched to the 200 block of Parker Avenue in response to a citizen’s complaint.
During the incident, Dubiel used Oleoresin Capsicum spray, or OC spray, against several individuals he encountered while investigating the complaint.
Officials say on June 5, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office received an Internal Affairs Complaint against Dubiel.
After a thorough investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, Dubiel was charged with two counts of simple assault.
It was Dubiel’s use of OC spray against two of those individuals that led to the charges being filed against him.
Under the current Use of Force protocols, a police officer is permitted to use force when a subject refuses to comply with an officer’s commands at the time of arrest, or when the subject threatens the officer’s safety.
Dubiel is currently suspended from the department without pay.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.