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AGC Wins at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholding Use of Force by Canine Officer


AGC is extremely pleased to announce that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the District Court ruling in favor of the West Covina Police Department.

The lawsuit arose after plaintiff, who matched the description of a robbery suspect broadcast by West Covina police dispatch, led an officer on a pursuit through city streets and a shopping center. Plaintiff was ultimately apprehended after the officer released his Police K-9. Plaintiff alleged that the officer's use of the K-9 during his arrest constituted excessive force in violation of his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizure.

AGC Senior Associate Sharon Medellin filed a Motion for Summary Judgment seeking dismissal of plaintiff's complaint on several legal grounds. The District Court granted the Motion for Summary Judgment.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal found that plaintiff failed to identify a disputed issue of material fact that would warrant reversal of the District Court's ruling on the Motion for Summary Judgment.

Sharon Medellin can be reached at (562) 699-5500 or 

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