By Demorris A. Lee, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, July 2, 2009
TARPON SPRINGS — On Jan. 28, Tarpon Springs police Officer Jeffrey Robinson says he encountered a barrage of racial slurs when he drove a homeless man to the Pinellas County Jail.
On Feb. 8, he retaliated.
On Wednesday, Robinson resigned from the Tarpon Springs Police Department after a three-month internal investigation, complete with video evidence, determined that he slashed the bicycle tires of John Bilawsky, the homeless man.
Acting police Chief Robert Kochen said he was shocked and planned to fire Robinson had he not resigned.
"The biggest issue for me was the retaliation," Kochen said. "You just can't retaliate against a civilian and commit a crime in our Police Department. …
"Ten days later and this is still on your mind? What happens if someone punches you or assaults you? The retalia
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