- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The city of Tukwila has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit brought by a man punched, tased and bitten during an arrest.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/MZNEze ) the city has also agreed to pay his attorney fees in an amount to be determined later.

In addition to alleging that officers used excessive force, the lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the city’s de-facto policy of allowing police dogs to bite suspects as a “pain compliance” technique.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the use of a K-9 bite is “the most severe force authorized short of deadly force.”

Tukwila Acting Deputy Chief Rick Mitchell declined to comment on the settlement when reached by phone by The Seattle Times.

The department’s attorney, Andrew Cooley, described the arrest as a “tense and rapidly evolving event, where the silent video captures only part of what happened.”


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com



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