A convicted druggie at the Idaho Pen is looking for $1 million from the Boise PD just because a police dog chomped his cajones while he had his hands cuffed behind his back. He would probably have ENJOYED a Taser in retrospect.
No doubt the new U.S. Attorney General would have no problem if your family jewels were gone over by a vicious dog. After all, the victim was a druggie and got convicted.
This all happened May 10 during a traffic stop. The guy was standing outside a cop car waiting to go to jail when “Blek” the police dog jumped out the open door of another car and chomped down on the area most dogs just sniff.
Police reviewed the dog’s training–and get this–determined the bite was UNINTENTIONAL! Can’t you see old Blek with his ears laid back, head on his paws saying, “I didn’t mean to bite. I was just gonna sniff and I got carried away.”
The convict has filed a tort claim with Boise City which is a precursor of a civil suit. If they are smart the City will settle quickly for a couple of grand.
Boise PD has a long history of rogue police dog encounters–usually because the human cop screwed up. Many years ago a dog went after a young “cruiser” in the downtown area in an unprovoked attack, causing the department to simply get out of the dog business for many years.
The GUARDIAN is aware of a series of police dog bite incidents similar to the groin grabbing pooch. A deputy city attorney was attacked at city hall while sitting in her wheel chair working late one evening. A sheriff dispatcher was bitten when she tried to rescue her little foo-foo dog when a Boise PD dog was allowed to run lose outside the station just to name a couple.
There is a place for canines in law enforcement–especially in the drug sniffing, tracking, and bomb detection area. The problems arise when officers become so accustomed to their “canine partners” they are lax and canine instincts overcome training.
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