Jury clears Lakewood officer, dog in civil rights case

Jury clears Lakewood officer, dog in civil rights case

Credit: Obtained by KING 5

Lakewood Police Officer James Syler is Astor's handler.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

A federal jury has cleared a Lakewood Police officer and his department in a case where a K-9 dog mauled a Tacoma man.

Noel Saldana almost lost his leg after being mauled by a police dog named Astor.
 
He's one of four people who filed claims against Lakewood.
 
On Friday, the jury found the police officer did not violate Saldana's civil rights or use excessive force.
 
Another man made the same allegations. His case will go to trial next year.
 
The department sold the dog as surplus property to his handler last month.

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