Judge: Police dog attack didn’t violate woman’s rights

Indiana

A federal judge says a “horrendous” police dog attack that severely wounded a seven months pregnant Indianapolis woman didn’t violate her constitutional rights because she wasn’t the dog’s intended target.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s ruling says Mara Mancini was an “unintended bystander” in the July 2015 attack and that no force was intentionally directed at her.

The dog was pursuing a male suspect when it attacked Mancini on her front porch, tearing chunks of flesh from her arm and thigh.

She sued Indianapolis and its police department, saying the attack violated her constitutional right to be secure against search and seizure.

Mancini’s attorney tells The Indianapolis Star that without the city or its police department being ordered to pay damages, his client will probably have to declare bankruptcy to pay her medical bills.

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