A black woman suffered severe dog bites to her extremities in September after St. Paul police mistakenly allowed a K-9 animal to attack her earlier this year. She has filed a federal lawsuit against the department and the officer this week.
Fifty-two year old Desiree Collins was taking out the trash on the evening of September 23, when a police dog attacked her outside of her building, biting her arms and leg. Police say they were looking for a burglary suspect.
“You’re fine, you’re fine,” one of the officers kept saying, as Collins screamed in surprise and pain.
“What did I do?” Collins asked incredulously after they were able to subdue the animal.
“Nothing,” replied on of the officers. “Just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The Washington Post reports that Police Chief Todd Axtell released a statement Thursday admitting to the mea culpa.
“What happened to Ms. Collins was a terrible accident that should not have occurred,” he said in a statement. “I am sorry it happened and that she was injured. As a department, we wish we could go back and do things differently. Unfortunately, we can’t. What we can do is apologize and take responsibility, offer support and compassion and learn from the incident so we can continue to work to prevent it from happening to anyone else.”
According to Raw Story, the officer being sued, Thaddeus Schmidt, was responsible for the dog that attacked Collins. Schmidt was given a one day suspension for the dog’s leash being too long and not yelling out proper warnings about the dog.
The Post reports that last March, St. Paul police agreed to a $2 million settlement with a man kicked by police and bitten by a K-9 dog in June 2016. In March 2016, the city paid out $200,000 to a woman bitten by a K-9 dog that charged her in her back yard and bit her on the arm. Also,
The lawsuit filed by Collins says that before latching on to her right arm, the police dog bit her left leg, causing multiple injuries. The injuries were particularly difficult for Collins, the lawsuit said, whose left hand had been previously amputated due to burns sustained as a child. The dog injured her good arm, meaning it was hard for Collins to change her bandages.
source: the root