GPD says, "Sorry"
The Gainesville police officer who let his dog loose on a 10-year-old boy in June, has been reprimanded by the department, but the boy's family says, they're not completely satisfied.
The department invited the boy, his family, and their attorney to GPD offices, to apologize.
Robert Rush, the lawyer representing 10-year-old Bryce Bates said Friday, he's preparing a case against GPD and this isn't the first time, regarding a K9 and a juvenile.
"15-year-old girl at a non-secure half-way house, who wanted to run away, the staff found out she was going to run away, and took her shoes, so she left the facility, and ran and hid in the bushes... and they went and searched for her with an attack dog" said Rush, who went on to say the girl was attacked by the K9.
Rush settled that case in 2000, and is working on a similar case today.
Last June 16th, Bryce Bates was bitten, when Cpl. Timothy Durst released his dog after responding to, what was later deemed, a false burglary-in-progress call.
"There should have been a precautionary pause to verify that the crime had occurred and verify that the person we were about to release the dog on was the person that committed the crime" said Captain Lonnie Scott, who oversaw the department's internal investigation of the case.
According to Scott, Durst has been reprimanded, after the investigation revealed, he made an error.
On Friday, Cheron Hampton-Bates, Bryce's mom, released a statement,
"We admire efforts of Chief Jones towards effectuating the change of their procedures and guidelines of when to release a K-9. However we are not totally satisfied with the disciplinary action that was taken against Cpl. Durst considering the emotional and mental trauma Bryce is still dealing with. We commend Chief Jones' honorable efforts at righting this wrong, but we staunchly believe that the actions taken by Cpl. Durst on June 16th, 2010 were egregious and a direct violation of Bryce’s civil rights. Therefore, we believe that the severity of Cpl. Durst's actions warrants a more vigorous response and a more severe consequence than what he has actually received. We will continue to fight for justice for Bryce and all other youth of the community."
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