Man accuses K-9 officer of excessive force
DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man is accusing a police officer of using excessive force on him when he was attacked by a police dog. The man said he was only doing his job when he was confronted by police.
It all started during a project to relocate a restaurant in Davie. It was 2 a.m. Tuesday when Roger Alvarez and his cousin James Ortiz were on the roof of the Viva Chile! Restaurant in Davie, moving equipment.
Alvarez said, "They think we were doing a burglary, but we were working. It was legitimate business."
But two guys on a roof of a business in the middle of the night did raise someone's suspicions, so that person called the police.
Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle said, "We didn't know if they were trying to gain access to a building where they were trying to remove an air conditioning unit for these metals."
Police arrived on the scene with a dog and asked both men to show themselves. Alvarez said he did what he was told. "I got down on my knees, and he kept saying, 'Get down, Imma let the dog loose,' and I'm on my knees now, so I got down flat on my stomach," said Alvarez.
But, at some point, the dog was released and Alvarez was viciously bit. "He put the dog on him, and the dog is tearing his arm, and he is dragging him across the roof," said Ortiz.
Doctors said Alvarez will need surgery. His injuries are serious, as he received muscle and ligament damage.
Alvarez said, "The dog could have easily gone for my neck."
The cousins believe the cops went too far, but according to police, the two men were not following orders.
The Davie Police Department is currently investigating the issue. They said, if they find out the officer went too far, they will pay for the hospital bills since Alvarez has no insurance.
Alvarez is in the process of hiring an attorney.
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