Dashcam: Man awarded $100K In Police Excessive Force Lawsuit ....................................... Share PoliceActivity Published on May 20, 2016 ................................................ ** (Disclaimer: This video content is intended for educational and informational purposes only) ** The city of Tukwila has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit filed by a man who was bitten by a police dog, repeatedly punched and tased during a 2014 arrest after officers found a man yelling and dancing in a freight yard. The city has also agreed to pay Linson Tara’s attorney fees in an amount to be determined later by U.S. District Judge John Coughenour. The lawsuit, in addition to alleging that officers Brent Frank and Mike Boehmer used excessive force, challenged the constitutionality of the city’s de-facto policy of allowing police dogs to bite suspects as a “pain compliance” technique. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the use of a K-9 bite is “the most severe force authorized short of deadly force.” Acting Deputy Chief Rick Mitchell declined to comment on the settlement when reached by phone on Friday. The department’s attorney, Andrew Cooley, described the arrest as a “tense and rapidly evolving event, where the silent video captures only part of what happened.” Officers Frank and Boehmer responded the evening of Aug. 22, 2014, to a report of a man in the Tukwila UPS freight yard, “walking around, yelling and dancing,” according to a complaint filed in federal court. They arrived to find Tara, who did not work there, being confronted by a number of employees. Police-dashcam video shows him standing with one hand on hip and the other held up, palm open. Frank, the K-9 officer whose dog, Ace, can be heard barking in the background, approaches Tara and tries to lead him toward the police cruiser. Boehmer approaches and Tara can be seen apparently trying to twist away from Frank’
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