MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — All charges were dropped for a teenager who was handcuffed and reportedly attacked by a K-9 at the Shoppes at Bel Air mall, according to the teen’s attorney. 16-year-old Cameron Robinson was facing charges of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana 2nd, and resisting arrest after he was arrested following the incident at the mall.
L. Chris Stewart of Stewart Trial Attorneys, Justin Miller of Morgan & Morgan and Rodney Barganier of Barganier Law Group, LLC, released the following statement:
“We are pleased that the criminal charges against Cameron Robinson, one of the teens who was accosted by mall security at the Shoppes at Bel Air Mall in Mobile this June, have been dropped. These charges should have never been filed in the first place.
We are vigorously moving forward with our lawsuit against the mall, the mall’s owner and security company. We are eager to begin the discovery process in earnest where we will learn why the mall feels the need to employ a potentially deadly K-9 which had prior complaints of being used against African-Americans. We still await the mall parking lot surveillance video and the bodycam video from the Mobile Police Department which hold the truth of this horrific incident.
While Cameron Robinson and his family are relieved that the criminal process for him has ended, he is still scarred both by the experience of being arrested and also the injuries he suffered from the vicious bite of the mall’s K-9.
We will continue the pursuit of justice for our clients and work tirelessly to ensure that this doesn’t happen to another patron of the Shoppes at Bel Air Mall.”
Robinson, along with two other teenagers and their 20-year-old chaperone say they were at the mall shopping for clothes when they were handcuffed by mall security on June 22, and one was reportedly bitten by the mall’s K-9. Lawyers for the teens say Robinson accused a security guard of racially profiling the group, and the guard slammed the teen, who was handcuffed, to the ground and ordered the K-9 to attack the teen. Robinson’s lawyers say the dog bit the teen several times.
Mobile Police released the following statement with what they say happened next:
“The mall’s K-9 unit (dog) exited the vehicle and grabbed the juvenile biting him on his arm. The juvenile was then taken into custody. Once the juvenile was in handcuff he attempted to reach into his pants pocket. Officers check the juvenile’s pocket and found him in possession of marijuana. The juvenile was transported to the hospital to be treated for the bite. The 16-year-old was later transported to Strickland Youth Center and charged with (disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana 2nd and resisting arrest). Nathaniel Henderson, 20 was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.”
Robinson’s family says they are still moving forward with a $25 million civil lawsuit against The Shoppes at Bel Air. That lawsuit has not yet been settled.