Lawsuit: Colorado Hispanic Teen Attacked by Police Dog in Mistaken Identity Case

Angel Nunez

Keith Palmer

14-year-old Angel Nunez was playing outside with his sister when cops ordered a K-9 unit to rip his skin apart

A newly filed lawsuit details how Colorado police sent a police dog to attack 14-year-old Angel Nunez on April 27, 2019. However, Nunez was not the shoplifting suspect police were looking for, police admitted that they thought Nunez was a fleeing suspect in a case of mistaken identity. Now the Nunez family has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Fort Lupton Police Department, The Firestone Police Department, and the Weld County Sheriff's Department.

The lawsuit was filed in 2020 and can be read here.

Police were looking for a white male who had just led them on a high speed chase, after stealing beer and laundry detergent from a convenience store in Firestone, Colorado. KDVR News reports Nunez and his sister were playing outside of their residence when officers came running at them shouting that Nunez was the suspect and fit the description.

An officer quickly tackled Nunez and other officers sent a police canine dog to attack and bite Nunez as he lay on the ground. Nunez's parents quickly came outside and told the officers to stop because they had the wrong person. But the officers continued to let the dog bite into the legs of the innocent teenage Nunez. The police dog belonged to the Weld County Sheriff's Department.

The real suspect had ran into the direction of Nunez's apartment complex, but got away. The suspect was a white male, with dark hair standing 5’9 to 5’10 wearing a black jacket, black pants and white shoes.

The officers on scene finally realized that Nunez was not the white male suspect that they were looking for. One of the officers then mutes their body camera so his words could not be heard. Nunez got an infection from his bite wounds.

Comments (11)
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Jonn449
Jonn449

This is why WE THE PEOPLE need to repeal the laws that make police K-9s equal to cops.
I love dogs as much, (I have a big breed service dog, all 170 lbs of her myself), as the next person, but most K-9s are not trained well enough to release on command........and this poor kid paid the price.
Dog should have been shot and killed.

Constitutional law
Constitutional law

These are who you trust to protect your kids.. to not savagely let dogs rip them apart...

And they wonder why people hate and don't trust the police..
This is why they are getting shot people are fed up with being terrorized by the police.. the police they refuse to do anything about it..cover up for each other.
Who is the real criminal.. let me help they all have badges ...

Slankit
Slankit

Explain to me how a mauling is not excessive force, down right sadistic Nazi era tactic

Diamonddiva1954
Diamonddiva1954

Cops should NEVER be allowed to mute or turn their body cams off.
It was pretty obvious that this Hispanic child was NOT the white adult male the cops were looking for & I hope the family wins their lawsuit.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Feed the cops to the lions and call it even. USA Government Employees (local to federal) are criminals.

Libertarian
Libertarian

Dogs should not be used to force compliance or detain a suspect. They violate the use of force continuum that has already been established. Dogs should not be used to justify searches as they have been proven to follow the orders of their handlers even when drugs are not present.

JAMES JUSTICE
JAMES JUSTICE

Cops should have been arrested for Excessive Force!

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

"fit the description" is all the blue lies mafia needs to attack, assault, shoot, kill an innocent victim.
then we see how well that "ACCOUNTABILITY" thing kicks in.....

so when someone finds that "accountability" thing, be sure to let us know what it looks like. because we the people can't seem to find it anywhere.....


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