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Woman Attacked By Police Dog as She Took Out Her Trash Awarded $520,000 Settlement

The city of St. Paul, Minnesota must pay $520,000 to a woman who was attacked by a police dog while taking out the trash last year, the Star Tribune reported.

Desiree Collins sued the city and St. Paul police officer Thaddeus Schmidt, who was in charge of the police dog, in federal court.

Schmidt had the dog on a 20-foot leash while he searched for two burglary suspects. The animal attacked Collins’ left leg and then her right arm, the Star Tribune reported.

The St. Paul City Council met Wednesday to discuss the settlement, which was accepted by Collins’ attorneys, the Star Tribune reported.

“She’s pleased and she’s glad that she can put this lawsuit behind her and move on with life,” Andy Noel, one of Collins’ attorneys, told the newspaper.

The attack occurred Sept. 23, 2017. 

The deal reached Wednesday came after a ruling by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim, who found that police violated Collins’ civil rights, the Star Tribune reported.

Collins said the attack made her feel unsafe and forced her to move out of her home, the Star Tribune reported. A police cam showed dramatic footage of the attack, the newspaper reported.

I didn’t deserve that,” Collins told the Star-Tribune. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

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Pam October 3, 2018 at 1:03 am

The cops was pulling her other arm instead of commanding the dog to release his bite. One of them, was the dog’s handler and he made NO ATTEMPTS to get that dog off of her arm/ They was ALL PART OF THAT ATTACK!!!!!!

Louis October 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Sue the Damn Dog also, the Dog is a Pig Police Dog.🤣😂

Aisha October 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Not one “sorry” the whole time…

GGDN October 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

the first time i saw this video feel just like this is the patrole plantation killers & this poor sister one of them slave..😡😡😡

Pastor Frederic Clement Nwohia December 31, 2018 at 1:21 am

Biafra Nation must be restored to its original glory to serve justice to

Don January 6, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Saying stay calm as they pulling her away without trying to break the dogs bite. That caused way more pain. TELL THE DOG TO BREAK. THEY ARE responsible


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