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Man Bitten by Police Dog Gets $50G

June 7, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Shadow the police dog literally took a bite out of crime when he helped his human partner arrest a suspect. Now a federal jury has taken a bite out of the police department’s wallet.

The jury on Tuesday ordered the Yarmouth Police Department to pay $50,000 in attorney’s fees to a man bitten by Shadow six years ago, finding that the department has tolerated excessive force in its K-9 unit.

On Dec. 16, 1994, the 90-pound Belgian Malinois and Patrolman Peter McClelland chased Jerome Jarrett when he fled on foot after being pulled over for driving unlicensed and uninsured. The chase ended with Shadow biting Jarrett’s right knee.

The award of attorney’s fees was the second part of a two-part trial in the incident. In March, a seven-member jury found McClelland had used excessive force in capturing Jarrett and awarded Jarrett $1 in damages.

Attorney Leonard Kesten, who defended McClelland, said he planned to appeal.

``I promised Shadow when this began that Mr. Jarrett would never see any money, and I’m committed to ensuring that that’s exactly what happens,″ Kesten said.

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