The Orlando personal injury lawyers at Farah & Farah have learned that a man who was attacked by an Orlando Police K-9 police dog during a mistaken identity arrest in 2009 is suing the two police officers involved, the City of Orlando, and even the dog, claiming that his civil rights were violated.
Police were looking for the man’s half brother. He was being sought on charges of robbery with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder. The Orlando Sentinel reports that police had received a tip that the plaintiff, who was then a junior in high school, was the suspect they were looking for.
He was carrying a puppy and walking with his sister when he claims two police officers told him to get down on the ground. He says he didn’t think they were talking to him, so he didn’t comply. After a second command, he released the puppy and got down on the ground – but then got up again.
He contends that the officers were in an adjacent yard, so he still thought they were not yelling at him. The second time he got up, the man alleges the K-9 officer ordered the dog to attack him. The lawsuit claims that the dog bit the man’s arm, back, and side. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and was charged with resisting a police officer without violence. That charge was later dropped.
The man’s attorney told The South Florida Sun Sentinel, “Our client wasn’t resisting at all. The force wasn’t necessary.” The lawsuit alleges that the victim suffered permanent scarring and an arm deformity as a result of the attack. He is suing for false arrest, negligence, and use of excessive force.
Do you believe you were the victim of negligence or excessive force? Contact attorney Eddie Farah and the legal team at the law office of Farah & Farah today. We can review your case and discuss your legal options. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555 or online. Your consultation is always free.