Ian Jimenez Injured In Los Angeles Police Department K9 Police Dog Attack Following Vehicle Pursuit

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (May 27, 2024) – A 21-year-old man identified as Ian Jimenez was injured after being attacked by a Los Angeles Police Department K9.

Los Angeles Police Department officials are saying that the incident began around 1:00 p.m. on February 17. Wilshire Division officers were patrolling when they observed an allegedly stolen vehicle traveling east.

The vehicle was driven by Ian Jimenez who fled when officers tried to make contact. A pursuit ensued but was later ended after the suspect’s vehicle was involved in a collision.

Ian Jimenez exited his vehicle and continued to flee on foot. He was eventually taken down by a K9 unit. But the suspect was able to break free, only to be captured about a block later.

The suspect was taken to a hospital in order to receive treatment for injuries consistent with a dog attack. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles Police Department Dog Attacks

Victims of police dog attacks tend to suffer very serious injuries. According to one study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, “More than half (57.2%) sustained three or more bites, mainly to the extremities. Complications ensued in 19.3%: vascular in 7.0%, infection in 5.0%, fracture or cortical violation in 4.0%, nerve injury in 1.9%, and tendon injury in 1.1%. Half (49.9%) were hospitalized, with a median stay of 3 days.” There are a number of problems associated with using K9 in law enforcement.

  • Police dogs can inflict serious injuries on suspects, which may be deemed excessive depending on the situation.
  • Police officers cannot follow clear commands the way that a person can. There have been several situations where police dogs have bitten innocent people.
  • The use of police dogs can escalate tense situations, thereby potentially leading to a worse outcome.

Depending on the facts of any case, a police department could be liable for any situation where a person is attacked by a police dog. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Several steps should be taken after any use-of-force encounter.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Body camera footage should be recovered.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

The ability to use force is one of the most consequential powers that police officers have. It should only be used as a measure of last resort. But far too often, this is not the case. It is important that victims of police brutality understand that they do have rights. Any person injured in a LAPD K9 attack may be able to seek justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Los Angeles Police Department Dog Attacks

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about this K9 attack of Ian Jimenez. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles Police Department dog attack? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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