Man sues West Jordan police; K-9 cop attacked his face during tree-burning incident (with video) | The Salt Lake Tribune
A West Jordan man is suing the city's police department after one of its dogs chewed on his face — several seconds after he put up his hands in surrender, the complaint alleges.
Martin Lee Hoogveldt, 33, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the department, and specifically one of its officers, Ian Adams, alleging illegal entry and excessive force."I was just in shock the whole time," Hoogveldt said Thursday. "I did nothing but try to make it easy for them. I thought I would not be a threat sitting down."Something is wrong with the police or how they are being trained. It seems that if you don't do what they tell you that they then have the right to hurt or kill you. In these situations where the person is clearly not a threat and simply not moving (possibly out of fear), how is this an appropriate response? They had guns on him and he was afraid to move or that he would be shot. Is that unreasonable to think such a thing when it seems every week there's a new video where the cops seriously injure or kill somebody over nothing? They even tasered him a few times after the canine assault... what kind of sadistic reasoning is going on in their head? All this over burning a christmas tree and not answering the door or standing up?
When Adams ordered Hoogveldt to put up his hands, he complied. Adams then told him to get off the couch, but according to the complaint, Hoogveldt would have had to put his hands down to get off the deep, overstuffed couch.
Several seconds passed. After Hoogveldt didn't get up, Adams commanded his dog to attack Hoogveldt, who still had his hands up.
The German shepherd, Pyro, grabbed Hoogveldt's face with his jaws, and ripped and tore at his face for several seconds, the complaint reads.
"The canine pulled Hoogveldt off the couch by his face, with Hoogveldt screaming in pain," according to the complaint. "... Adams came over after a few seconds, and with some difficulty caused the canine to release his grip of the face."
The other officers then used Tasers on Hoogveldt.
Sykes estimated they used Tasers on him three to four times. One to two minutes later, Pyro bit Hoogveldt severely on his buttocks at Adams' direction, the complaint adds.
Cops are out of control and we need to change status quo. It is not okay to hurt somebody who is passive or not a threat.