A man was trying to wash the dishes.Then the Memphis police worked on him and the dog bit him.


Kyle Maxwell, by Maxy, has been living in Cooper Young's First Congregational Church since 2018. Maxwell sued MPD last January after being bitten by a police dog while a police officer was looking for an intruder on the premises.

Kyle Maxwell, by Maxy, has been living in Cooper Young’s First Congregational Church since 2018. Maxwell sued MPD last January after being bitten by a police dog while a police officer was looking for an intruder on the premises.

In January last year, Kyle Maxwell was four Memphis police officers while standing in the kitchenette of First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young district, according to a federal civil rights proceeding filed by his lawyer this week. Was tackled.

Then the unstringed police dog bit Maxwell many times, injuring his calf. The proceedings alleged that Maxwell was only preparing to cook some dishes.

Maxwell is one of the few residents of a small church apartment known as First Congo throughout Memphis. The complaint states that the police were in the church because they were called in to investigate the invasion of the church’s food depot elsewhere in the building.

On the night of January 24, 2021, a church priest called the MPD and reported the invasion. The priest could see this live on the surveillance camera footage. The priest told the MPD that the invasion was on the southern wing of the church and those who robbed the food depot were walking down Cooper Street and fleeing. Maxwell lives in the north wing of the building.

“Nevertheless [Maxwell] He stood alone in his kitchenette and did not threaten anyone, the defendants suddenly attacked him without announcing themselves, and stabbed him violently into the ground. ” Says.

Kyle Maxwell, by Maxy, has been living in Cooper Young's First Congregational Church since 2018. Maxwell sued MPD last January after being bitten by a police dog while a police officer was looking for an intruder on the premises.

Kyle Maxwell, by Maxy, has been living in Cooper Young’s First Congregational Church since 2018. Maxwell sued MPD last January after being bitten by a police dog while a police officer was looking for an intruder on the premises.

The complaint alleges that the tackle injured Maxwell’s coccyx and tied his forehead with a knot. A police dog known as Caesar bit him many times while he was detained by a police officer on the ground.

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The dog was “trained or should have been trained not to bite a person who was detained and not threatened. Therefore, the plaintiff was informed and convinced that one or more defendants were in the scene. Instructed CAESAR to bite [Maxwell] in the meantime [he] They are on the ground, detained, and pose no threat. “

Maxwell claims that MPD violates his rights under Article 4 of the Constitutional Amendment and is entitled to $ 250,000 in damages.

“We cannot comment on existing or potential proceedings,” said Major Karen Rudolf, a spokeswoman for the division.

Samuel Hardiman covers the politics of the Memphis City Government and commercial appeal. He can contact [email protected] by email or follow @samhardiman on Twitter.

This article was originally published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal: Complaint: Memphis police dog bites a man in the First Congregational Church