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Lawsuit: LMPD K-9 attacked autistic teen in his home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A Louisville woman has sued the city and Louisville Metro Police Department, claiming her 15-year-old autistic son was bitten by a K-9 and then “unlawfully” handcuffed after police improperly sent the dog into their home last year.

In a lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court this week, Alisa Hickerson claims her family was sleeping on July 25, 2016, when police were dispatched to her home believing there had been a break-in.

The officers sent the K-9 into the home where it “assaulted” the teen, who suffered bite wounds to his head and arms, the suit alleges. Police then handcuffed the child while he was in his pajamas, according to the lawsuit. No charges were filed.

The teen, who was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital and is still recovering from his wounds, is being treated by a therapist to deal with “the emotional, physical and mental distress and trauma” from the attack, according to the suit.

Besides a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages, the lawsuit is also requesting a judge to order LMPD K-9 dogs to be equipped with body cameras within the next 30 days.

“You have to have something to record this if you let the dog in and there is a lapse before the officer gets there,” said attorney Brandon Lawrence, who is representing the family.

The lawsuit is also seeking a “formal apology” from police.

A police spokesman said the department does not discuss pending litigation.

The lawsuit also names Chief Steve Conrad, three officers and Mayor Greg Fischer as defendants.

The suit claims the teen was assaulted and “unlawfully restrained” without “reasonable justification, authority or privilege.”

Claims made in filing a lawsuit present only one side of the case.

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