LaGrange News reported a jury sided with LaGrange police department over a dog bite civil lawsuit. The plaintiff is Shajarvis Brown, currently a prisoner doing time for armed robbery charges. Apparently Brown was hiding under a sink when police found him, where he claims he was assaulted by the police dog commanded by his handler. The police department claims Brown was combative and kicked the dog.
Dog bites are very serious incidents that can cause harmful injuries. It is also a potentially traumatic event that while physically frightening can cause emotional and mental problems for the victim. In this case, because of the circumstances, the plaintiff lost. But there are circumstances where a plaintiff can win, and plaintiffs should not be dissuaded from seeking justice if they suffered dog bites.
Written by Lulaine Compere.