Last year 52-year-old Desiree Collins, was taking her trash out when she unexpectedly ran across a police K9 in pursuit of a suspected burglar. Before the officer or Collins could react the dog had clamped down on her right arm and wouldn’t let go despite multiple commands from the officer Fox 9 reported at the time.
The incident was captured on the officer’s body camera and now the city of St.Paul settling with Collins for $520,000 to pay for the officer’s negligence. St. Paul City Council and Collins’ attorney Andy Noel met in private to discuss and reach a settlement according to the Star Tribune.
“She’s pleased and she’s glad that she can put this lawsuit behind her and move on with life,” Noel told the Star Tribune.
The settlement was based on a decision by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in August that found police violated Collins’ civil rights said St. Paul City Attorney Lyndsey Olson.
Collins was attacked by the K9 on Sept. 23, 2017, and can be heard shouting out in pain.
“Please, help me, oh!” Collins screamed captured on the officer’s body camera.
The officer responded, “We’re trying to get your arm.” After her arm was free from the K9 they got Collins some medical care for her injuries.