A couple in Lakewood, Washington recently filed a personal injury suit
against a Lakewood police officer and the City of Lakewood for unspecified
damages in connection to an incident during which he was attacked by a
police dog, reported The News Tribune. The suit was filed Nov. 16 and
claimed that the city violated the man’s constitutional rights.
The damages sought were for emotional distress and physical pain and suffering.
A city spokesman told the Tribune that the city did not comment on pending lawsuits.
According to the suit, the dog attack occurred in June 2010. The wife called
911 after her husband refused to leave their home after being asked to
do so. He left and was walking down the street when the officer approached
him with his police dog. The husband complied when the officer ordered
him to turn around and drop to the ground, but his police dog attacked
The dog allegedly clamped down on his head and thrashed it back and forth.
It wouldn’t let go of the man until the officer pulled the animal
off. The plaintiff sustained several lacerations and puncture wounds that
required skin grafts. The suit stated as a result of his injuries, the
plaintiff walks with a limp, has significant scarring on his both of his
legs and a significant loss of range of motion in his knee. No criminal
charges were filed against the plaintiff. The lawsuit said the “assault
and battery” inflicted upon the plaintiff was unreasonable, excessive
The lawsuit did not specify any reasons as to why the wife wanted her husband
out of the house. Court records showed that a temporary protection order
was issued to her the day after the incident, based on a claim that he
tried to assault her. The order expired when she did not seek to make
it a permanent order.