The incident occurred in 2010 when Gainesville police were called to an apartment complex in what later turned out to be a false report of a burglary-in-progress. Allegedly, the boy was on his bike and retrieving mail from the front of the complex when he saw the police car speeding toward him. He rode a short distance then jumped off his bike and starting running toward his home.
Police contend that the canine officer issued several orders for the boy to stop. The lawsuit counters that the officer ran after the boy, but no verbal commands were issued. What isn’t in contention is that the officer loosed the police dog on the child and it caught up with him at the front door of his apartment.
The child suffered 14 puncture wounds from bites along with abrasions from the attack. The family contacted a Florida personal injury attorney to see what their legal options might be.
The Gainesville Sun reports that both sides attempted to negotiate a settlement in August, but couldn’t come to an agreement. The family’s attorney filed a lawsuit in federal court this month, claiming his client had been a victim of excessive force and that the Gainesville Police Department had inadequate policies concerning the use of police dogs.
The attorney told the Sun that he would reject the city’s $50,000 offer.
If you believe you or a family member has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you might be entitled to compensation for damages. When you have questions about your legal rights, a free, no-obligation consultation with the Gainesville dog attack injury lawyers at Farah & Farah is only a phone call away at (800) 533-3555. We can also be contacted online.