Official sues city in dog shooting
Friday, November 21, 2008 By DAVID BREWERTimes Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottsboro police wrong in arrest, $100K suit claims
SCOTTSBORO - A state probation and parole officer charged two years ago with reckless endangerment and animal cruelty says the City of Scottsboro falsely arrested him.
Mike Williamson, 60, of Scottsboro is asking for $100,000 in damages in a suit he filed in Jackson County Circuit Court Nov. 13 through his lawyer, Will J. Parks III, also of Scottsboro. He was acquitted in a trial on Feb. 14, 2007.
In his suit, Williamson says police were negligent and careless in their investigation and that no one from the Police Department tried to talk to him about the incident before his arrest. Police said then he shot a dog in front of a 12-year-boy in 2006.
Williamson also alleges he was wrongfully jailed and prosecuted and that police cast him "in a false light" in reporting the incident to the media.
City Attorney Stephen Kennamer declined to comment.
Police spokesman Ron Latimer told The Times in a November 2006 interview that Williamson was charged with reckless endangerment for shooting a dog, a 10-month-old pit bull/boxer mix, when its child owner was about 20 feet from the animal. He said the boy was trying to catch the dog and put it back on its leash when Williamson shot it.
The dog was treated for several shotgun pellet wounds and released to the boy, Latimer said.
Williamson says in his suit that the dog was on his property and more than 50 yards away when he shot it with bird shot.
In an interview in February 2007, Williamson said he was only trying to get the dog out of his yard in order to protect his cat.
Williamson is seeking a jury trial.
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