Status conference for Cahokia cop accused of unleashing dog on detainee

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 4, 2013

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot rescheduled a status conference in a case in which a Cahokia police officer is accused of unleashing a dog to attack a detainee.

The status conference was set for Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.

Reginald King filed the lawsuit May 13 against officer Elijah Moyers and the City of Cahokia.

According to the complaint, King was allegedly riding his bicycle from a gas station to his home when Moyers stopped King and told him to walk his bicycle home.

King claims he protested. As things escalated, Moyers handcuffed him and informed him that he was under arrest.

“After handcuffing plaintiff, defendant Officer Moyers remotely opened the door to his police vehicle and purposely unleashed his K-9 police dog to attack, assault and hurt plaintiff,” the suit states. “The K-9 police dog did attack, maul, bite and strike plaintiff as he lay on the ground handcuffed.”

King claims to have suffered severe and permanent injuries to his eye, back, neck, arm and legs; endured extreme pain and lost wages.

King seeks more than $100,000 in damages.

John M. Smith of Callis, Papa, Hale and Szewczyk in Granite City is representing King.

The record does not indicate who is appearing for Moyers.

St. Clair County Court case number 13-L-253

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