Anoka County Commissioners Settle Lawsuit Over Police K-9 Bite

Anoka County Commissioners Settle Lawsuit Over Police K-9 Bite Photo: KSTP/File

September 17, 2018 03:51 PM

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners has settled a federal excessive force lawsuit that alleged police allowed a K-9 to attack a burglary suspect already lying on the ground handcuffed.

Trevor Olesen filed the lawsuit in January of this year in connection to a May 2016 burglary for which he was later charged and convicted.

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Deputies with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office found Olesen inside a dumpster on abandoned property.  During his arrest, Olesen was bitten and severely injured by Jax, a Fridley Police Department K-9.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office requested the K-9 respond to the search for Olesen and a second burglary suspect through a mutual aid agreement between the two agencies. 

That agreement required Anoka County to provide defense and indemnification for officer Tom Roddy and the City of Fridley, the two parties named in Olesen's lawsuit.

During its meeting on September 11, the Anoka County Board of Commissioners approved a settlement with Olesen for $350,000.

"He's pleased it's resolved," Olesen's attorney Katie Bennett said.  "Most people don't like having litigation continue for years, so it was nice to get that resolved for him."

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