After hiding in a dumpster naked two years ago, a Minnesota suspect of sexual assault was shot by police. He had filed a lawsuit against Saint Paul Police Department because he was “unarmed” when he surrendered.
According to FOX 9, the lawsuit was filed Monday for Joseph Washington. It claims that he obeyed officers’ orders and was “naked, without arms, and trying to surrender” when a K-9 bit him on November 2020. FOX 9 reported.
The K-9 officer is being accused of using excessive force and unnecessary use of force.
According to the lawsuit, another officer shot Washington and inflicted injuries.
The lawsuit claims that Washington was left with “physical pain and trauma; psychological trauma, distress, and anguish; permanent physical injuries; diminished enjoyment and quality of life; and medical costs.”
Plaintiffs are the City of St. Paul, officers Anthony Dean and Colleen Ryan. The lawsuit alleges that their actions violate Washington’s Fourth Amendment rights. It also includes allegations of battery and negligence.
Washington asks the court to grant him judgment on all claims against the defendants. Washington also seeks punitive and compensatory damages as well as reasonable attorneys fees.
Washington was a suspect in the violent sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend before the police incident. He was eventually charged with three charges of first-degree criminal sex conduct, one charge of kidnapping, and one count each of second-degree assault.
Washington crashed the vehicle he was riding in with his victim before breaking into a nearby house. The homeowner called authorities and they arrived to find Washington naked in a dumpster.
One officer used an irritant to get Washington to leave the dumpster. Washington ran towards officers who used Tasers to stop him.
Officer Dean then shot Washington at least two more times. Washington was not shot by Officer Dean. Dean was relieved of his duties later.