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Iowa mother says son was wrongly attacked by police dog

November 30, 2020 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids woman has filed an open records lawsuit against the city’s police department after her 13-year-old Black son was attacked by a police dog and arrested before being released without charges.

TonyaMarie Adams’ son went to a friend’s house two nights after a derecho devastated Cedar Rapids in August. Because of a mix up in communication, the teen fell asleep in the friend’s backyard, The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported.

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At the time, police were pursuing four young Black suspects in a stolen vehicle investigation, who were believed to be on foot in the same neighborhood, said Adams’ attorney, Brad Kasper.

Kaspar said the teen awoke to a police dog attacking him and officers threatening him with car theft and firearms charges.

He was treated for deep cuts and scrapings at a hospital before officers realized he wasn’t involved in the crime, Kaspar said.

His mother is seeking all audio and video police records arising from the interaction with her son before determining whether to pursue further legal action.

Greg Buelow, the city’s public safety spokesman, said the city does not comment on pending litigation.