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New York City Police may have had their hands full with the excessive force cases of Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima, but now a Yarmouth, Mass. “officer” is being collared by such charges. Shadow, a canine cop, is facing another federal lawsuit for alleged excessive force. Previously, a federal jury awarded $1 to Duane Gomez, who claimed Shadow used excessive force in apprehending him. Last week, Gomez filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boston claiming his civil rights were violated when police allegedly sent Shadow after him. Attorney Joseph Krowski will represent Gomez in the case. State police tailed Gomez after they learned the Infiniti automobile he was driving was reported stolen. Gomez sped off, ultimately steering off the road and into a tree. He then exited the vehicle, climbed over a fence, and hid in a truck where he fell asleep. When police found Gomez, he allegedly resisted arrest, necessitating the use of Shadow. Gomez, however, contends he didn’t resist arrest and that the use of Shadow, a 90-pound Belgian Malinois, was an obvious display of excessive force. After the incident Gomez was sent to Cape Cod Hospital for six wounds to his arm. Is it time to teach this dog a new trick?

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