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Teen left bloodied and bruised after cop set K 9 dog on him when mother called 911 over fears her son was suicidal
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGESJared Lemay was bitten by a North Fork police K 9 dog in 2012, after his mother called 911 concerned that the then 18 year old was suicidalWhen dispatching an officer to the scene, a senior K 9 cop said ‘COME GET UR BITE’Lemay is initiating a lawsuit against the city for the attack which left him bleeding profusely from the face and with gashes to his backTwo other K 9 bite victims are also suing the city for civil rights violations By
Before the North Fork Police Officer Michael Dietz even arrived on the scene, it appears he was already plotting to use force against the vulnerable teen, according to official communications obtained by theHerald Tribune during an investigation into the department’s beleaguered K 9 unit.
As Dietz’s superior, K 9 unit leader Keith Bush, was dispatching him to the home, he wrote in a message ‘COME GET YOUR BITE’.
Three years later, Jared Lemay, the young man at the center of the vicious mauling is one of three people suing the city for civil rights violations in connection to police K 9 attacks. The other two incidents involve alleged victims who were bitten by Bush’s K 9 partner Tomy.
But the department has firmly stood by their team, saying the officers were cleared to use force.
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Lemay says he couldn’t eat for a week after the attack because his face was so swollen.
The incident happened on July 16, 2012, after Lemay’s mother called police saying she feared her son was trying to commit suicide.
‘My daughter .. found a noose hanging in the garage,’ Lemay’s mother told a dispatcher. ‘I’m afraid he might try to hurt himself.’
Bush dispatched his fellow K 9 unit officer Dietz to the scene, with the message ‘COME GET UR BITE’, according to official records obtained by the Herald Tribune during an 18 month investigation into the department’s K 9 unit.
Minutes later, Bush followed up on the initial message, adding ‘IM GONNA TAKE UR BITE IF U DONT HURRY UP’.
What actually happened in the Lemay’s garage when Dietz did eventually arrive on the scene differs from the officers’ and the teen’s perspective.
After seeing his sister on the phone, Lemay says he panicked and decided to hide in a trash can.
In their written reports,
both Dietz and Bush say the garage was darkened when they arrived on the scene, making it hard for them to see where Lemay was.
Keith Bush (left), leader of the North Fork police K 9 unit, messages fellow K 9 officer Michael Dietz (right) ‘COME GET UR BITE’ when he dispatched Dietz to the scene. Dietz’s dog Cammo bit Lemay
At the time, the then 18 year old was wanted for violating his probation on a prior charge of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and resisting an officer without violence.
The officers eventually found Lemay hiding in the trash can and that’s when Dietz sicced his dog, Cammo, on the young man.
But Lemay says that the officers’ account of the garage being darkened is false and was fabricated to make it look as though the situation was somehow dangerous.
‘They made it seem like I was posing a threat to them and saying they could not see because the lights weren’t on,’ he said. ‘I watched it flick on through the cracks of the trash can.’
He says after the officers turned on the lights, one of them opened the lid of the trash can, saw him inside and then pushed the can over.
I remember hitting the ground on my hands to brace myself from falling, and I looked up at them, and I went to say ‘Ok, ok’ and the guy sicced the dog on my as soon as I started to talk.
‘I remember hitting the ground on my hands to brace myself from falling, and I looked up at them, and I went to say ‘OK, OK,’ and the guy sicced the dog on me as soon as I started to talk,’ Lemay said. ‘I remember (the dog’s) mouth coming toward me and latching onto my face. He literally drug me out of the trash can.
‘After the dog bit me a second time, one of the police officers put his knee in the back of my head and handcuffed me.’
Photos of Lemay after the attack show him bleeding profusely from the nose and the mouth and bruised fashes to his left shoulder blade.