Suit filed after dog sends men to jail

Dog scent linked them to crime they didn't commit

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Nov 2009, 4:09 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 04 Nov 2009, 4:08 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) - Some three men who spent months in jail after a dog's sense of smell linked them to crimes they did not commit are filing a lawsuit claiming that Texas authorities falsely arrested and imprisoned them.

An attorney for the men said the lawsuit will be filed in federal court in Houston on Wednesday. The men are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for what they said is emotional pain and suffering related to their time in jail.

The lawsuit names the Houston Police Department, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department and Deputy Keith Pikett, whose dogs were used in the investigations. Attorneys for the police and deputy did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

Authorities eventually dropped charges against all three men.

No comments: