DesMoines, WA asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Washington

Q: If someone was running from the police and the officer release the dog without any warning to the individual tells the

Get him and the dog bites the individual for under a minute damage to leg would that be considered excessive force????

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Determining whether the use of a police dog in this scenario constitutes excessive force depends on several factors, including the nature of the incident, the level of threat posed by the individual, and the adherence to police protocols.

The use of police dogs is generally governed by specific departmental policies and legal standards, which often require officers to balance the need to apprehend suspects with the obligation to avoid unnecessary harm. In cases where a suspect is unarmed and not posing an immediate threat, the use of a police dog might be viewed as excessive.

If you believe that excessive force was used in your situation, it's important to document the incident thoroughly, including any injuries sustained. This information can be crucial if you decide to pursue a legal claim.

You may want to consult with an attorney who has experience in civil rights or personal injury law. They can review the specifics of your case, advise you on your legal rights, and help determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit against the police department for excessive force.

Keep in mind that each case is unique, and the determination of excessive force will depend on the detailed circumstances of the incident and the applicable legal standards.

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