City of Santa Rosa Settles Police Dog Bite Lawsuit for $125K

Santa Rosa has settled for $125,000 a lawsuit brought by a 26-year-old man bitten by a police dog after he was mistaken for a gang member.

Kyle Biedma was bitten in front of his Saracen Road home in April 2013 after police mistook him for a suspected gang member they were searching for.

Officer Michael Clark and his Belgian Malinois named Taz confronted Biedma as the man walked through tall grass on the side of his house. Clark ordered Biedma to the ground, but the man kept walking, according to a police report. Clark released Taz, who bit Biedma on the arm.

In his civil case, Biedma claimed police acted with “reckless or wanton or malicious motivation.”

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