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Title: Cops Force K9 to Maul Innocent Sleeping Blind Man in His Own Home
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/i ... -blind-man-attacked-police-k9/
Published: Nov 29, 2019
Author: Matt Agorist
Post Date: 2019-11-30 03:08:15 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 823
Comments: 75

Mount Washington, PA — On that fateful night back in June 2017, Robert Aldred had committed no crime, had harmed no one and was asleep in his own home. Despite being entirely innocent, militarized cops with a blood thirsty K9 broke into his home, went into his bedroom, and savagely attacked this innocent man, who is also legally blind.

Now, after filing a lawsuit against the city for the abuse, the city is issuing him an insultingly low settlement that Aldred says doesn’t even cover his medical bills.

The fact that police felt it necessary to force their K9 to attack a naked blind man as he slept is bad enough, but the ridiculous settlement makes it that much worse.

“It was extremely traumatic,” Mr. Aldred said Wednesday at a news conference. “It was the police department. They’re here to protect and serve.”

Sadly, protection and service were nothing close to what Aldred received on the night of June 23, 2017.

As the Post-Gazette reports:

The night of the incident, Mr. Aldred got off work and went to a lounge in Downtown with a couple of friends before returning to his apartment about 12:30 a.m. When he got home, he noticed that the front screen door was broken, but the door remained intact. He went to his third-story apartment and fell asleep.

Pittsburgh police officers Logan Hanley, Joshua Matthews and Michael Soroczak responded after an anonymous neighbor called 911 to report a burglary was taking place at Mr. Aldred’s home. The officers entered the residence with a K-9 and made their way up to Mr. Aldred’s room.

Mr. Aldred, who didn’t hear police enter the residence, woke up when the officers came into his room. He said he was unarmed and naked, and he was confused why they were in his room.

Instead of realizing they had just startled a sleeping blind man in his own bedroom, police escalated force and unleashed their K9. According to the lawsuit, officer Hanley was the dog’s handler who encouraged his hell hound to continue to attack the harmless naked blind man.

As Aldred raised his arm to shield his face from the dog’s bites, the dog latched onto his arm and began shredding it. The K9 also tore into the innocent blind man’s leg as well. After they finally pried the dog from the screaming and bloodied man, instead of immediately administering first aid, officers handcuffed the naked blind man, put sweat pants on him and hauled him outside to question him further.

Mr. Aldred, who was “hysterical, crying and still bleeding profusely,” the lawsuit said, told the officers that he lived in the residence, but they continued to question him. Around 2:00 a.m., Aldred’s roommate comes home to the chaos, after Aldred had been handcuffed and bleeding for well over an hour. He tells the cops that the innocent blind man does indeed live in the residence and they finally removed the handcuffs. An unidentified officer then asks Aldred if he needs to go to the hospital.

“Mr. Aldred told the officer that he absolutely needed to go to an emergency room because he was still bleeding profusely and in excruciating pain from the attack,” the lawsuit said.

Aldred said his medical bills from that night were over $10,000 and police paid for none of it. The innocent blind man was never charged with a crime.

“Mr. Aldred will never be the same,” said Todd Hollis, Mr. Aldred’s attorney. “And the fact that this happened in his own home, I’m certain it will have lasting consequences.”

Indeed, it already has. According to Aldred, his neighbors were so scared of police doing this to them, that they all moved away.

Mr. Adlred’s case is a perfect example of why TFTP exists. When police can break into an innocent blind man’s home, based on an anonymous call, force their K9 to shred his flesh, never say so much as “I’m sorry,” and then pass their liability on to the taxpayer, something has gone seriously wrong. If we the people do not speak out about the increasingly unaccountable and violent nature of police in America, by the time most people realize it is going on, it will be too late.

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#2. To: Deckard (#0)

"the city is issuing him an insultingly low settlement that Aldred says doesn’t even cover his medical bills ... Aldred said his medical bills from that night were over $10,000"

From another article: "A Mount Washington man is poised to receive $16,000 after he settled a lawsuit against the city"

misterwhite  posted on  2019-11-30   11:22:23 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite (#2)

[Matt Agorist, thread article] "the city is issuing him an insultingly low settlement that Aldred says doesn’t even cover his medical bills ... Aldred said his medical bills from that night were over $10,000"

[misterwhite #2] From another article: "A Mount Washington man is poised to receive $16,000 after he settled a lawsuit against the city"

The case was settled almost two months before the Matt Agorist/Free Thought Project bull jive was published. Aldred's injuries were treated with gauze, and anti-biotics and pain killers were prescribed.

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/29090692/ALDRED_v_CITY_OF_PITTSBURGH_et_al

Aldred v. City Of Pittsburgh et al, PAWD 2:19-cv-00838

Pennsylvania Western District Court
Judge: David S Cercone
Case #: 2:19-cv-00838
Nature of Suit: 440 Civil Rights - Other Civil Rights
Cause: 42:1983 Civil Rights Act
Case Filed: Jul 12, 2019
Terminated: Oct 09, 2019

Docket Report

[Excerpt - entry 19]

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

19 order Statistical Case Closing Wed 10/09 12:11 PM

ORDER FOR STATISTICAL CLOSING. The court having been advised that a settlement has been reached as to all aspects of plaintiff's complaint, the Clerk is directed to mark the case closed. Jurisdiction is retained over the completion and enforcement of the settlement agreement. Signed by Judge David S. Cercone on 10/9/19. (mwm)

Your Post-Gazette article quote is from the article cited in the Agorist/TFTP article.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/11/28/Mount-Washington-man-Pittsburgh-police-civil-suit-police-dog-bite-16-000-settlement/stories/201911290055

Blind Mount Washington man settles civil suit for Pittsburgh police dog bite for $16,000

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Mount Washington man is poised to receive $16,000 after he settled a lawsuit against the city and several officers for a June 2017 incident in which he was bitten by a K-9 when police entered his residence in the middle of the night.

City Council must approve the payment to Robert Aldred, 35.

The lawsuit, first filed in September in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court and later moved to U.S. District Court, was connected to an incident that occurred in the overnight hours between June 23 and 24, 2017, at Mr. Aldred’s residence on Norton Street.

Mr. Aldred is legally blind and takes several medications. The lawsuit claimed that the responding officers were negligent and used excessive force, among other allegations.

“It was extremely traumatic,” Mr. Aldred said Wednesday at a news conference. “It was the police department. They’re here to protect and serve.”

The night of the incident, Mr. Aldred got off work and went to a lounge in Downtown with a couple of friends before returning to his apartment about 12:30 a.m. When he got home, he noticed that the front screen door was broken, but the door remained intact. He went to his third-story apartment and fell asleep.

Pittsburgh police officers Logan Hanley, Joshua Matthews and Michael Soroczak responded after an anonymous neighbor called 911 to report a burglary was taking place at Mr. Aldred’s home. The officers entered the residence with a K-9 and made their way up to Mr. Aldred’s room.

Mr. Aldred, who didn’t hear police enter the residence, woke up when the officers came into his room. He said he was unarmed and naked, and he was confused why they were in his room.

None of the officers “had either reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that Mr. Aldred had committed a serious or violent crime, or that he was about to flee,” the lawsuit said.

Officer Hanley, who was the K-9’s handler, unleashed the German shepherd and encouraged it to attack Mr. Aldred, according to the lawsuit. Mr. Aldred said he raised his right arm to shield his face, and the K-9 bit his forearm. The dog also bit Mr. Aldred’s right thigh.

Mr. Aldred told the officers that he lived in the house and begged them to stop the K-9’s attack. After the attack ended, the lawsuit said the officers placed Mr. Aldred in handcuffs and told him that they needed to question him further. The officers put a pair of track pants on Mr. Aldred and walked him out to the front porch of the home.

Mr. Aldred, who was “hysterical, crying and still bleeding profusely,” the lawsuit said, told the officers that he lived in the residence, but they continued to question him.

About 2 a.m., Mr. Aldred’s roommate, Joshua Chebatoris, arrived and confirmed that Mr. Aldred lived there, the lawsuit said. One of the officers, who was not identified, took Mr. Aldred’s handcuffs off and asked him if he needed to go to a hospital.

“Mr. Aldred told the officer that he absolutely needed to go to an emergency room because he was still bleeding profusely and in excruciating pain from the attack,” the lawsuit said.

Mr. Aldred was taken to UPMC Mercy, where his arm was treated with gauze to stop the bleeding. He was prescribed antibiotics and painkillers.

Mr. Aldred said his medical bills will be at least $10,000. He was never charged or cited with any crime.

Included among those named in the lawsuit, which was settled outside of court, were all three responding officers and the city.

Mr. Aldred said the incident caused him severe emotional distress in addition to the physical pain.

“Mr. Aldred will never be the same,” said Todd Hollis, Mr. Aldred’s attorney. “And the fact that this happened in his own home, I’m certain it will have lasting consequences.”

nolu chan  posted on  2019-11-30   16:30:39 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: nolu chan (#4)

Officer Hanley, who was the K-9’s handler, unleashed the German shepherd and encouraged it to attack Mr. Aldred, according to the lawsuit.

If the guy was laying down he was not physically threatening to the cops.

If he was naked they could see he was unarmed.

Why, then, did the officer release the dog?

watchman  posted on  2019-12-01   12:53:46 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: watchman (#12)

" If the guy was laying down he was not physically threatening to the cops.

If he was naked they could see he was unarmed.

Why, then, did the officer release the dog? "

watchman, the canary klan will not like you asking such questions!

They will now label you as a " Cop Hater "

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-01   13:23:11 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Stoner (#13)

the canary klan will not like you asking such questions!

They will now label you as a " Cop Hater "

I'm not too worried about the canary klan...it's those cowardly sadist cops they idolize, the ones with the itchy trigger fingers and no accountability, that scare me.

What kind of person let's a vicious dog maul another person, who's clearly not a threat?

watchman  posted on  2019-12-01   15:42:31 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: watchman (#19) (Edited)

What kind of person let's a vicious dog maul another person, wh who's clearly not a threat?

Maul?

"Mr. Aldred was taken to UPMC Mercy, where his arm was treated with gauze to stop the bleeding. He was prescribed antibiotics and painkillers."

As far as the cops knew at the time, he was a naked, psycho burglar laying on the floor, in the dark, who had broken into the house and wasn't following instructions.

Maybe you're suggesting he should have been tased instead? OK. I can go with that.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-12-02   9:13:46 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: misterwhite (#25)

As far as the cops knew at the time, he was a naked, psycho burglar laying on the floor, in the dark, who had broken into the house and wasn't following instructions.

Maybe you're suggesting he should have been tased instead? OK. I can go with that.

As far as the man on the floor knew they were fake cops breaking into his house and he could have shot them if he wanted to.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-12-02   9:29:00 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#32. To: A K A Stone (#27)

As far as the man on the floor knew they were fake cops ...

Sure. And the car with the flashing lights behind you could be fake. I suggest you speed away. Just to be on the safe side.

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