Saturday, March 03, 2012

Man Loses Manhood While Trying To Elude Police

A man is suing the Gretna police because the police dog pretty much bit off his manhood. Whenever a K9 is used in an arrest, there is always the possibility that there will be an excessive force lawsuit filed.

This guy is claiming he was innocent and that the police deliberately sent the dog on him to hurt him. But...

"While he admits he initially tried to hide in the apartment from the officers, he surrendered upon hearing a cop threatened to release the dog inside."

Worse yet, it appears as if he tried to fight off the dog. That will just intensify the dog's attack. If you are being bitten by a police dog, the best thing you can do is try to remain as immobile and quiet as possible. You will suffer fewer injuries.

I had a law class when I was in college. One of the main things I remember was what they said about dealing with the police: be polite, surrender, follow the officer's instructions, and ask to talk to your attorney. What we were also told was that the place to fight a cop wasn't in the street, where they have the power to use force to stop you (that's why it is called "arrest"), they can keep escalating the amount of force as necessary to stop you, and they also have the right to stop you. Once in court, if you have been treated wrongfully, then you have the leverage.

Apparently, the "Jefferson Parish district attorney's office, meanwhile, has charged him with simple battery, resisting arrest, aggravated burglary and obstruction of justice." He is countersuing, alleging his civil rights were violated. He also claims the police falsified reports to cover up their actions, and violated his "constitutional rights to due process and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.... (he) seeks a jury trial and $31 million for medical and other expenses and for punitive damages."

Whether this guy is innocent or not, or whether the cops did the right thing or not, I have no idea. But, if you act stupid around K9 dogs, you are going to be injured. These dogs are not to be fooled with. If he isn't innocent, and if the cops did follow the law, then I think he got what he deserved. And we shouldn't be picking up the tab for his medical treatment. If he is innocent, and this was done on purpose by the cops, then they should have the book thrown at them, including possible prison time. If I purposely injured someone with my dog , without just cause, I'd be going to prison. So, it has to go both ways. There are good people and bad people, good cops and bad cops. Let's see what the judge or jury has to say when this is all over.

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