Police K-9s Continue to Pose Problems for Law Enforcement

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GBBS civil rights attorneys recently filed three federal lawsuits in the wake of the $2 million Frank Baker settlement. Baker settled with St. Paul in 2017 for what was the largest settlement the City has agreed to pay. Baker had been hospitalized for two weeks due to a police K-9 attack and kicks to his ribs by an officer. The incident was caught on video:

The first of the three cases was brought by GBBS’s Andrew Noel against Goodhue County. In this case, an innocent 83-year-old, James Sutherland, was attacked by a K-9 as he sat in his garage listening to polka music. The K-9 attacked Sutherland’s right forearm and he required skin grafting due to the severity of the injuries.

Noel’s second case was brought on behalf of Desiree Collins against a St. Paul police officer. Collins, an innocent woman, was attacked by a police K-9 as she took out her garbage. The attack was captured by body cameras and the video went viral:

Watch: Police body cam of innocent woman clamped in K-9’s jaws. She’s suing.

The third was brought by GBBS’s Katie Bennett, who filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Fridley and officer Tom Roddy on behalf of Trevor Olesen. There, 22-year-old Olesen had acceded to police authority and complied with police commands, yet Defendant Roddy released his K-9 on him. A drone captured 23 seconds of the K-9 attack. During those 23 seconds, Olesen was handcuffed and prone, with two officers in positions of control by his head. The K-9 in this case recently bit his own handler, Defendant Roddy, in the leg. Visit KSTP for more information and to view the drone video.

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