A family is suing the City of Cleveland for at least $2.5 million in damages related to a 2012 shooting in which a police officer killed a family dog and “recklessly” injured its owner.
Lisa Maclin was hit in the head with a large pellet from a 12-gauge shotgun shell that a Cleveland officer fired at her dog, Dirt, a 3-year-old Rottweiler/Labrador mix, according to the lawsuit filed yesterday
An officer pulled up in his cruiser and shot three times at Dirt, killing the dog, the suit said. Lisa Maclin, was hit with one of the pellets, which was later removed from her brain at University Hospitals, according to the lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Attorney Daniel Roth, who represents the Maclins, said the city has hidden information on the incident from the family, including the identity of the officer involved in the shooting.
"The city has done everything they could to prevent any information on this coming out," Roth said.
Reached Monday night, Roth said he had to try and find out who the officer was through other channels because the city would not tell him who fired the shotgun or give him any information on the incident.
Roth later provided The Plain Dealer with correspondence between his office and city officials dating back to 2012 in which he requested reports on the incident, including the name of the shooter. According to the letters Roth provided, he was told that because the case was open the records were “unobtainable.” Roth said detectives wanted to interview his client but he would not allow it because they city refused to turn over basic information on the shooting.
After having projectile from a car accident hit my brain I totally empathize with this. That it was caused by police is a tragedy and a shame…