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Criminal Bites Police K9; Sues Dept. for Excessive Force

Criminal Bites Police K9; Sues Dept. for Excessive Force

Phoenix police K-9 dog Zeke was bit on his muzzle by a thief he caught. [Phoenix Police Dept]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

April 16, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ – It’s a classic case of man bites police dog.

After a K-9 dog chased down a Phoenix-area thief, the caught criminal punched the pooch and bit him on his muzzle, according to a police report.

The captured thief, 33-year-old Erin Sullivan, is 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 Arizona Republic reports.

The cops, however, allege Sullivan injured the dog, named 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.

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.


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    Bnshape

    over 3 years ago

    662 Comments

    Give that dog a treat...
    And let Ofc Zeke and that dirtbag be left
    alone in a cell 2gether.

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    badge66

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    Tell the thief Zeke will be waiting for him when he gets out of prison. Next time he'll need eighty stitches to piece him back together.

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    K9Apache

    over 3 years ago

    96 Comments

    Good Boy Zeke! Well done! The K9 repositioned and did not back down. I hope the case gets tossed, I guess that asses attorney did not tell him utilization of a K9 is NOT excessive force. I further hope he was charged for Criminal Asst on an Officer. Like to see the lawyer get bit as well. :)

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    Silent_Observer

    over 3 years ago

    446 Comments

    Just got done robbing a store and running from the police... I seem to have misplaced my sympathy somewhere...

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    woofy

    over 3 years ago

    60 Comments

    Zeke probley still has the tast of the dirt leg in his mouth Poor Zeke

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    lkfuller

    over 3 years ago

    88 Comments

    Well maybe if he wasn't running from the police that wouldn't have happened...just sayin... :)

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    Rogue1

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    Good boy Zeke! This POS Needs his head removed for a Rabies exam. Oh wait ! you need a brain for that.

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Good job Zeke, Too bad Zeke didn't bite him on the nose

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    I hope the court throws this BS suit out.

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Good job K-9 Zeke!

    Some criminals know only how to be criminals. I bet this is not his first prison sentence, or his first frivolous lawsuit. I also bet that is wont be he last of either of them. Can't fix stupid.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    obviously he needed those staples... too bad they weren't to keep his mouth shut. Another false lawsuit to try and blame every one else for his actions. What a tool

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    1015witONE

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Poor Zeke has to do all the work cause his handler doesn't look like he could run to the next room.

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    manintan

    over 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    Good Dog. The jerk earned more than 40 staples.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6976 Comments

    This ba$tard is lucky that they didn't shoot him. Because it sounds to me as if he was trying to exact deadly force upon a working K-9. Maybe next time a good bite to his "Johnson" will teach him better than to resist. I think that the Department should counter sue, and make him pay for any vet bills that Officer Zeke incurred as a result of his injuries by this a$$hole. And in addition, go after him for pain and suffering that Officer Zeke went through.... The nerve of this "Puke"..!!!!!!

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    JayRock1980

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    Good dog...Hope he never had the first rabies shot lol

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