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Friday, December 20, 2013

Lawsuit: Police K-9 ordered to attack handcuffed man

The title of this post comes from this article about an Indiana man's federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations by the sheriff's office during this regrettable K-9 incident: 

Biting_Dog_webCook admits he was hiding out in an attic as police stormed into his home, when Wayne County sheriff's deputy Ronald Lindley sent his K-9 named "Larry" in to find him.

 

In his lawsuit, Cook claims he remained silent as police scoured the home, but when the K-9 peered into the attic, Cook said he quietly spoke out with the words, "Please don't bite me," and then something to the effect of, "I like dogs."

 

Cook claims the dog began barking when Deputy Lindley gave a command, so he then blurted out, "Get that dog out of here."

 

Cook said the K-9 was then released into the attic, where it bit him and then ended up dragging him by the arm toward a group of officers.

 

He said Deputy Lindley then punched him in the head as he was ordering the dog to release his hold around Cook's arm so that he could crawl from the attic.

 

According to Cook's lawsuit, "Deputy Lindley ordered the K-9 to attack and bite Mr. Cook on the left hamstring after he was handcuffed."   He said the dog continued to bite his leg as he was cuffed, resulting in "significant injuries."

 

Cook was taken by ambulance to Reid Hospital for treatment before going to jail.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/civil_rights/2013/12/lawsuit-police-k-9-ordered-to-attack-handcuffed-man.html

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Comments

Assault with a deadly weapon. Torture. Nuff said.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Dec 21, 2013 3:02:45 AM

Sounds like excessive force under 42 USC 1983.

Posted by: Eric Sanders | Dec 25, 2013 6:23:26 PM

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