Lawsuit: Lakewood K-9 officer had dog attack man in custody

SEATTLE (AP) — A Pierce County man has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against a Lakewood police K-9 handler and his supervisors, claiming the officer had his dog attack him after he had been arrested. The Seattle Times reports Adrian Sims says he had surrendered to officer James Syler and two Pierce County deputies after fleeing a domestic disturbance in Bonney Lake in October 2017, and was in handcuffs when he was bitten. Syler and Lakewood Police Department have been sued five times since 2011 for incidents involving police dogs and alleged excessive use of force, resulting in settlements and medical payments totaling almost $300,000. A Lakewood spokesperson said the city had no comment because the litigation is active.