City makes offer to settle lawsuit over boy bitten by police dog

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.

The City Commission has approved a $50,000 offer to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a boy who was bitten by a Gainesville police dog in June 2010.

In the incident, Gainesville police Cpl. Tim Durst, an officer responding to a burglary call that turned out to be a false alarm, released his police dog, Grady, after Bryce Bates, then 10, ran after seeing the officer.

Police said Bates did not listen Durst's shouts for him to stop. The lawsuit said that Bates was scared when he saw a police car speeding toward him and ran toward his home. The suit alleged that Durst chased Bates but did not shout out for him to stop.

In a phone message left with a reporter last week, Robert Rush, the attorney representing Bates' family, said he would reject the $50,000 offer.

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