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  1. Sgian Dhub

    Sgian Dhub

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    Offbeat News
    Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003
    Dog Bite Did Not Violate Rights


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Washington state sheriff's
    deputy did not violate a suspect's rights when he ordered his
    police dog to "bite and hold" the man until other officers
    arrived, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said Thursday
    the arrest did not constitute an unreasonable seizure even
    though the suspect sustained serious injuries from the dog bite
    because the wounds were unlikely to be fatal.
    In upholding a lower court decision, the court also found
    that the deputy used appropriate force because the suspect was
    hiding in the dark and could have ambushed officer Edward
    Bylsma.
    "If Deputy Bylsma had wandered blindly into the woods with
    the dog on the leash ... Deputy Bylsma might have walked into
    an ambush," the court ruled.
    The case stems from the arrest of a Washington man wanted
    for a prior felony who fled from police after they pulled over
    his car, which had a license plate registered to a different
    vehicle.
    Officers chased him to the suspect's rural property, where
    he hid out in the woods until police tracked him down using the
    police dog that bit and held the man until other officers
    arrived.
     
  2. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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