[WATCH] Woman Bitten by Police Canine Sues Newark Police Department

The lawsuit alleges the bite was a use of excessive force, causing Zuress to be taken “forcibly and painfully to the ground where Ike continued to bite Ms. Zuress’ arm while Defendant Burris and other officers forcefully placed (her) in handcuffs.”

The lawsuit also alleges Zuress suffered deep cuts, permanent nerve damage and scarring as a result of the bite.

Zuress received medical treatment at Licking Memorial Hospital before being taken to the Licking County Justice Center, The Advocate reported at the time.

Zuress was charged with two crimes as a result of the instance. The case was resolved through a plea deal in which she plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of obstructing official business and failure to comply. She was sentenced to a suspended 30 day jail sentence.

A loaded firearm was recovered from the passenger side of the vehicle, police said at the time.

Grooms was ultimately charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and failure to comply and was sentenced to three years of community control.

At the time of the incident in 2016, Newark Police reviewed the incident and determined Ike’s actions were within department policy.

In 2016, Newark Police Chief Barry Connell said officers have to deal with situations with the knowledge they have at the time.

“Somebody has run from the vehicle and now you have another person who has taken the vehicle and is fleeing,” he told The Advocate in March 2016. “We had those factors. And you have to think, why would somebody flee from a stop when they’re chasing someone on foot?”

Connell said Tuesday he had not seen a copy of the lawsuit and did not have any comment.

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