Lopez v. City of Irvington
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2008 WL 565776 (2008)
Jaime Lopez, Arnold Daniels (plaintiff), Willie McKenzie, and Hilbert Gresham (collectively Plaintiffs) filed suit against the City of Irvington, New Jersey, the Irvington Police Department (Police Department), Police Officer Alfredo Aleman, and Police Officer Christopher Burrell (collectively Defendants) in federal court. The Plaintiffs’ complaint alleged that the City and Police Department failed to properly supervise and monitor the K-9 Unit and Officer Aleman which allowed for a pattern and practice of excessive force. The Plaintiffs described instances in which they were in the process of being arrested for a crime and Aleman would order his K-9, Bullet, to “get” the plaintiff and bite him, often when a plaintiff had already been handcuffed. Defendants filed a motion to sever the trial of the Plaintiffs pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 21.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Greenaway, Jr., J.)
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