City pays family $32,500 to settle suit over LMPD K-9 attack on autistic teen
The March 26 settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed last July by Alisa Hickerson, who claimed her family was sleeping on July 25, 2016, when police were dispatched to her home believing there had been a break-in.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Metro Government has paid $32,500 to a Louisville woman who 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 in 2016.
The March 26 settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed last July by Alisa Hickerson, who said 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 alleged. 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, was being treated by a therapist to deal with “the emotional, physical and mental distress and trauma” from the attack, according to the suit.
Attorney Brandon Lawrence, who represented the family, said they were happy to resolve the situation and "equally as pleased that the city of Louisville and the Louisville Metro Police Department, through the settlement, have acknowledged better procedures should have been employed. Suits like this serve as a reminder that room for improvement still remains when it comes to police interactions with the community."
The lawsuit requested a judge to order LMPD K-9 dogs to be equipped with body cameras within the next 30 days. It also sought a “formal apology” from police.
The settlement does not include reference to either of those requests, according to court documents.
The agreement "does not represent any admission of liability" from the defendants, which included Chief Steve Conrad, three officers and Mayor Greg Fischer, according to the settlement.
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