GBB’s Civil Rights Team Settles St. Paul Police K9 Case for $520,000

GBB’s Katie Bennett and Marc Betinsky Settle Section 1983 K9 Lawsuit for $350,000
September 20, 2018
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Decision in Favor of GBB Client on Excessive Force Claim
October 18, 2018

Desiree Collins was attacked by St. Paul police K9, Gabe, while she was taking out her garbage out at approximately 6:30 a.m. on September 23, 2017. The horrific incident was caught on camera. Collins had done nothing wrong or remotely criminal. Gabe was on an approximately 20 foot lead “controlled” by St. Paul police officer Thaddeus Schmidt. Gabe did what he is trained to do by biting the first person he encountered – here, the innocent Collins.

On August 9, 2018, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled in favor of Collins stating that hers was “the very rare § 1983 case where the plaintiff has proved her case as a matter of law.” The Order granted Partial Summary Judgment for Collins and noted the case would proceed to trial on damages.

This week, the City of St. Paul approved a $520,000 settlement. For more coverage of the settlement, other St. Paul K9 attacks and Mayor Carter’s reaction to the recent events, visit the StarTribune. Additional coverage can be found at the Pioneer Press:

St. Paul to pay $520K to woman attacked by police K-9

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