Man sues police after dog bites


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A Champaign man is accusing police of wrongly commanding a law enforcement dog to bite him after he had surrendered.

The allegation comes via a lawsuit filed in Urbana on Wednesday.

An attorney for Matthew Hall stated in the suit the man was “brutally attacked” on June 12 following a traffic stop near a Prospect and Bloomington.

The lawsuit alleges Hall fled the traffic stop initially, then eventually submitted to police near a residential house. According to the suit, Hall “laid on his stomach and put his hands up” offering “no resistance at that time.”

The suit also alleges police commanded one of their dogs to attack Hall and that the dog bit him “approximately six times, causing injury.”

Whether the dog, or the officers, are affiliated with the Champaign department or the sheriff’s office is unspecified; the officers are referred to as “unknown Champaign police” or “unknown Sheriff’s deputies” in the suit. Hall is asking for a jury trial and damages.

He is due back in court on October 22, on felony weapons charges which originated with the June 12 traffic stop, according to court records.

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