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Calif. city to pay $1.5M in police dog bite case

Posted: July 18, 2013 12:21 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2013 12:21 p.m.

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging a police dog mistakenly bit an elderly man who then had to have part of his leg amputated and later died.

The Hayward Daily Review reports that the lawsuit was filed by the family of 89-year-old Jesse Porter, who was bitten in 2011 while the dog was searching for a suspect in an armed robbery.

According to the lawsuit, police lifted the dog over a security wall at a mobile home park where Porter lived and instructed it to keep searching for the suspect.

It mistakenly bit Porter instead. Porter died weeks later.

Hayward City Attorney Michael Lawson said the city denies responsibility for Porter's death. It will pay $250,000 of the settlement, with the rest covered by insurance.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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