Man commits crime. Police dog chases and bites man. Man bites back then sues cops for excessive force.
This is the absurd scenario that occurred when 33-year-old Erin Sullivan from Phoenix, Arizona was caught committing a crime last year.
After Zeke, a K-9 police dog chased him down, Sullivan punched the pooch and bit him on his muzzle. The captured thief is now suing the cops, claiming they used excessive force to catch him.??
“When the dog went for Erin’s neck area, Erin felt his life was in danger and hit and bit the dog on its nose,” the lawsuit, filed last month, alleges. The complaint also says Sullivan needed 40 staples to heal the dog bites to his arm and shoulders.
?The cops, however, allege it was Sullivan that injured Zeke.??
“Sullivan punched Zeke in the face then bit Zeke on his muzzle. Zeke then repositioned his bite to Sullivan’s upper left arm. Sullivan pulled Zeke’s face toward his and bit Zeke over his right eye,” according to the report.
??Sullivan, who is currently serving 8 years in prison in connection with the burglary last year, is seeking a total of $450,000 in damages from the cities of Glendale and Phoenix Arizona.??
The convict, who is diabetic, also claims the police in Glendale refused to give him insulin and that he had a seizure while he was held in his cell.